While Texans continue to endure a “record-setting summer,” those anxious for a new season might be wondering what to expect as winter rapidly approaches.
The Farmers’ Almanac has released its winter weather forecast “earlier than ever” as much of the country experiences extreme weather and rising costs of heating oil.
The long-running publication predicted the 2022-2023 winter will be filled (with) plenty of shaking, shivering, and shoveling” in its extended winter weather forecast released this month.
But Texas won’t have to bear the brunt of it, if the predictions are correct.
The coldest winters are expected in the North Central states, the Northeast and Great Lakes area.
Texans, though, should still be prepared to shovel some snow — especially those in the northern part of the state.
“We see good potential for heavy snow that may reach as far south as Texas and Oklahoma, followed by a sweep of bitterly cold air” in early January, the forecast states.
Northern areas of Texas “may see the biggest potential for snow/ice storms,” according to the Farmers’ Almanac.
Otherwise, the publication expects Texas can expect a “chilly” winter with “normal precipitation.” It predicts winter will end by late March, but not before “a wide variety of weather conditions, ranging from heavy snows to torrents of rain to gusty thunderstorms (hits) much of the nation.”
The Almanac says it has been using the same weather-predicting formula — “based on math” — for over 200 years. Readers say it is accurate about 85% of the time, according to the publication.
In last year’s winter forecast, the Almanac predicted Texans would be “chilled to the bone” after a deadly Texas freeze in early 2021, McClatchy News reported.