Winter is officially still more than a month away. On paper at least. But for those of us graced with living in the mountains, we are feeling it. We’ve already gotten out the shovels and ice scrapers and space heaters. And while all of our Facebook friends elsewhere post about enjoying their fall sunny day, crafting with colorful pressed leaves, and donning jean jackets and a fashion scarf, that’s not our reality. Buffalo plaid flannel is quickly becoming our new best friend.
So we buckle up for the winter ride.
We pull out the sleds. Get our discounted ski passes early. Happily consider a new pair of socks and of course a cute new beanie. Stock up on soup recipes. And Port Wine. And know that, while transitions are hard, we will enjoy the season upon us.
So, Mother Nature, what do you have up your lovely sleeve for us this winter as you usher out that golden fall sunshine? We turn to the good old Farmer’s Almanac to wonder. And wait. And scrape the ice off the windows to take a look.
Cheers to soaking up the winter before us, to weather in all her glory, and to embracing all she has in store.
2017-2018 Intermountain Forecast (Idaho, Utah, Western Montana, Western Wyoming, Western Colorado):
Winter will be colder than normal, especially in the south, with the coldest periods from late November into early December and in late December, mid-January, and early February. Precipitation will be slightly below normal in the north and above in the south, with above-normal snowfall in both. The snowiest periods will be in early and mid- to late December, mid-January, early and mid-February, and early March.
2017-2018 High Plains Forecast (Eastern Montana, Eastern Wyoming, Eastern Colorado):
Winter will be warmer than normal, with slightly above-normal precipitation. The coldest periods will be from late November into early December and from late December into early January. Snowfall will be below normal in the north and above in the south, with the snowiest periods in mid- and late November, mid- to late December, and early to mid-March.