We live in Northern Illinois, where we get freezing temperatures and plenty of snow. Some years are lighter in one or both of those occurrences, but we know we're still gonna get them both.

But, how much snow will we get? How cold will it be? What months and weeks are going to be the coldest and/or most snow filled? For those questions, we have to reach out to the experts at the Farmer's Almanac.

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Can I Trust Predictions From An Almanac, Even If It's From An Old Farmer?

Hold on, I know what you're thinking. Why should we put even the smallest bit of trust in weather prognostications that were made literally months ago? Because...umm...well...because you do, that's why. You don't question it when Uncle Lou says his knee is telling him that a storm's coming do you? That's what I thought.

Maybe you'll get on board once you realize that The Farmers’ Almanac says it bases its long-range forecast "on a mathematical and astronomical formula developed in 1818." That year, as I'm sure you'll recall from history class, was the year that Illinois became a state. I didn't realize that it was also the year that super-accurate mathematical and astronomical weather forecasting got rolling in America. Well, one of those two things happened, anyway.

Let Me Guess, We'll Get Lots Of Snow And Cold Temperatures

Yeah, pretty much. It's Northern Illinois. You were maybe expecting a few flurries with temperatures in the 50s? Here's what the Farmer's Almanac says it'll look like this winter:

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