The Farmers' Almanac has released its long-range winter 2019 forecast, and it's a bit different from the predictions made just weeks ago by its rival, the Old Farmer's Almanac.

Eastern Pennsylvania will endure blustery and bitter winds, as well as widespread snow showers, according to the Farmers' Almanac forecast released last week. It's a bleak forecast, basically with an outlook that says winter 2019 will be "colder-than-normal… from the Continental Divide east through the Appalachians."

The forecast draws a sharp contrast from the Old Farmer's Almanac, which said we can look forward to a warm winter with less snow than normal in the region this coming season.

Winter will hang on with stormy conditions up through the official start of spring, especially for the East Coast, the Farmers' Almanac says. It also forecasts an unusually snowy and/or wet winter across Pennsylvania and other Mid-Atlantic States.

Related: Old Farmer's Almanac Issues Winter 2019 Forecast For Pennsylvania


"In these regions, the thermometer will be hovering just above or just below the freezing mark, which means some of the precipitation may fall as either ice or rain/freezing rain."

For Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic states, expect:

  • Colder than normal temperatures.
  • More snowfall than normal.
  • Bitter cold, winds and snow from mid-February.
  • Cold to keep its grip on the region after the official start of spring.

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

The Old Farmer's Almanac, which issued its forecast the week before the Farmers' Almanac, has been forecasting the weather since 1792 and was founded by Robert B. Thomas who lived in Maine. The Farmers' Almanac was founded In New Hampshire by David Young in 1818. Both use secret formulas to predict the weather that they keep closely guarded.

Here is the Farmers' Almanac forecast for the fall and winter months:


  • 1−3: Scattered showers for Labor Day, then fair.
  • 4−7: Fair, warm, humid.
  • 8−11: Thunderstorms sweep in from the west across much of New England, then fair.
  • 12−15: Unsettled weather, with showers, spreads up from the south.
  • 16−19: Scattered showers, then turning fair. 20−23: Sunny skies.
  • 24−27: Fair, unseasonably chilly. 28−30: Wet New England, Northeast, then fair, chilly.


  • 1−3: Fair/cold.
  • 4−7: Showery.
  • 8−11: Turning fair, colder for Columbus Day.
  • 12−15: Cold winds, rain at first, followed by clearing skies.
  • 16−19: Pleasant early fall weather.
  • 20−23: Showers for upstate New York, New England, with wet snow over Adirondacks, White and Green Mountains, then fair/cold.
  • 24−27: Fair initially, then showers spread in from the west.
  • 28−31: Unseasonably chilly weather for Halloween.


  • 1−3: Very unsettled, with wet snow over northern NY and New England.
  • 4−7: Cold/dry. Runners participating in the TCS Marathon in New York City will feel invigorated.
  • 8−11: Wet weather, then fair/cold. 12−15: Sunny.
  • 16−19: Some rain, wet snow, then fair/cold.
  • 20−23: Will weather improve by Thanksgiving? Wet New England, Northeast, then fair.
  • 24−27: Fair and cold. 28−30: Stormy; rain/sleet/wet snow.


  • 1−3: Fast-moving storm from the Great Lakes spreads gusty winds, moderate-to-heavy precipitation into New England, the Northeast.
  • 4−7: Snow showers and scattered flurries, then clearing.
  • 8−11: Fair. 12−15: Increasing cloudiness/cold.
  • 16−19: Coastal storm brings strong winds and heavy precipitation.
  • 20−23: Dry, tranquil.
  • 24−27: Mild air produces widespread wintry precipitation in time for Christmas.
  • 28−31: Another coastal storm brings a renewed threat of precipitation as 2018 comes to a close.


  • 1−3: Wet snow and rain New England, extending south to Mid-Atlantic. Mixed precipitation for Mummers Parade.
  • 4−7: A new disturbance brings unstable weather.
  • 8−11: Big storm to the west brings significant rain/mixed precipitation.
  • 12−15: Storm moves northeast from Gulf of Mexico, bringing more precipitation. Much colder.
  • 16−19: Cold, some snow.
  • 20−23: Clearing skies and cold.
  • 24−27: Clear skies, frigid.
  • 28−31: Clouds, chance of rain/snow; milder.


  • 1−3: Coastal storm brings wet snow, rain.
  • 4−7: Short-lived quiet spell; unsettled weather returns by the 7th.
  • 8−11: Cold, light snow/flurries in the north.
  • 12−15: As a cold front passes through, so do snow showers, squalls, blustery winds, followed by some of winter's coldest temperatures.
  • 16−19: Light snow and flurries for Presidents' Day weekend.
  • 20−23: New England: rain, snow; rain or mixed precipitation farther south.
  • 24−28: Cloudy, then turning unsettled, with rain, snow, gusty winds.

MARCH 2019

  • 1−3: Clouds increase; winds freshen.
  • 4−7: East Coast storm brings gusty winds, moderate to heavy precipitation. Heavy rains/snows for New England; lesser amounts south.
  • 8−11: Clouds and sun.
  • 12−15: Turning frigid.
  • 16−19: Storm brings wind, heavy rain.
  • 20−23: Large storm along southeast coast deposits rain, snow, moves north.
  • 24−27: Warming up.
  • 28−31: Colder. Midwest storm brings heavy snow to north, heavy showers/thunderstorms to south.

With reporting by Patch Editor Adam Nichols