The Farmers’ Almanac has released its yearly extended weather forecast, and it is looking like Massachusetts will see a cold, snowy winter this year.

According to the Maine-based publication’s 2020-2021 long-range forecast, the northern half of the United States is expected to be hit with a chilly winter. Significant snowfall, sleet, and, in the late winter/early spring months, rainfall.

State from the Northeast to the Great Lakes and Northern Plains could experience below-normal temperatures, though precipitation types may differ depending on the region.

The publication is calling it the “Winter of the Great Divide,” with snowy conditions forecast in the Northeast and droughts expected in the Southwest.
Based on our time-tested weather formula, the forecast for the upcoming winter looks a lot different from last year, quite divided with some very intense cold snaps and snowfall
Peter Geiger, editor of the Farmers’ Almanac.
Since last year’s New England winter was largely snow-free this year's winter season will be “very different,” according to the Almanac.
It's also predicting that a blizzard will batter the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states in the second week of February, potentially bringing up to 1-2 feet of snowfall from Washington, D.C. all the way up to Boston.

The East Coast is also expected to get “clobbered” by the cold winter weather in the last week of March. The types of precipitation areas will get will vary based on location, the extended forecast said.

The Farmers’ Almanac has published its long-range weather predictions since its founding in 1818. Editors of the publication have denied using computer satellite tracking equipment to make their forecast.