You know the outlook isn't great when the Farmers' Almanac sets aside technical lingo and just tells you to get ready to 'shake, shiver, and shovel' this winter.

Since 1818 the Farmers' Almanac has been the 'Weather Bible' with its annual publication. The Farmers' Almanac released its extended forecast earlier this week, and Michiganders may want to start booking those warm weather getaways now if the forecast is on point.

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The almanac is predicting an "unreasonably cold, snowy" winter forecast for the Great Lakes region which includes the Mitten State. The publication has even gone as far as to tell those in our neck of the woods to stock up on flannel for the winter ahead.

""Got flannel? Hot chocolate? Snowshoes?" it asks. "It’s time to stock up! According to our extended forecasts, this winter season will have plenty of snow, rain, and mush — as well as some record-breaking cold temperatures! Winter will feel unreasonably cold for readers in the Great Lakes region, especially in January."

As far as predicting those winter storms and heavy snowfall events, the almanac broke it down by saying,

"According to our extended forecast, there should be quite a few significant winter weather disturbances nationwide in 2022-2023. January 16-23, we’ll raise another red flag for bouts of heavy rain and snow across the eastern two-thirds of the country followed by what might be one of the coldest outbreaks of arctic air we have seen in several years. How cold? Try 40 degrees below zero!"

Keep in mind, that there is no true science behind the predictions the almanac makes, although many rely on the forecast when planning out their year. Whatever the case, winter will officially arrive, whether we want it or not, on December 21st.

You can check out the entire Farmers' Almanac forecast for 2022-2023 here. 

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