Main Street Bristol after a snowstorm | Photo (c) Mike Uchalid

You can look forward to a warm winter with less snow than normal in Connecticut this year – at least if you believe predictions from the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

The centuries-old forecaster is saying the northeast can expect to avoid a deep freeze and, though it’s going to rain, most of that precipitation won’t be frozen.

Connecticut is no stranger to rain as that is all we have seen this summer and Fall so far.

“Our milder-than-normal forecast is due to a decrease in solar activity and the expected arrival of a weak El Niño, which will prevent cold air masses from lingering in the North.”

The first flakes of the season will likely fall this week, and if long-term forecasting from the Farmer’s Almanac is accurate, it will be the start to a cold and snowy winter.

The Farmer’s Almanac has been published every year since 1818. Their forecasting methods are mostly kept secret — which make some skeptical.

The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a “teeth-chattering” cold winter “with plenty of snow,” contrasting the National Weather Service’s outlook.

“Contrary to the stories storming the web, our time-tested, long-range formula is pointing toward a very long, cold, and snow-filled winter. We stand by our forecast and formula, which accurately predicted the many storms last winter, as well as this summer’s steamy, hot conditions,” said Farmer’s Almanac editor Peter Geiger.

The Almanac said the winter of 2018-2019 will be “colder than normal” and namely from the “Continental Divide east through the Appalachians.”

The Eastern Continental Divide runs along the high ridges and peaks of the Appalachian Mountains, and it separates land draining east to the Atlantic Ocean from that draining west and southwest to the Mississippi River, and the Gulf of Mexico.

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