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Should you brace for a cold winter in the Carolinas?

Snowy scene at the lake at Freedom Park during snowfall in Charlotte in March.
Snowy scene at the lake at Freedom Park during snowfall in Charlotte in March. dlaird@charlotteobserver.com

Snow is in the forecast. No, not now.

But according to one publication that prides itself on long-term weather forecasts, the Carolinas should be on alert for a cold winter this year.

“Farmers’ Almanac” released its annual winter outlook this week, and according to the publication, the Carolinas will have “wintry chill, wet and white” conditions in winter 2018.

It predicts the southeast will endure an unseasonable chill with above-average precipitation.

“Farmers’ Almanac” has made long-term weather forecasts since 1918. The reference book claims it accurately predicted past weather events including a 2014 “polar vortex,” as well as a 2014 New York snowstorm that occurred the day after the area hosted the Super Bowl.

As for their method, the publication has relied on a secret formula to create forecasts.

With about five months to spare, it’s never too early to prepare.

LaVendrick Smith; 704-358-5101; @LaVendrickS

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