The official winter season is right around the corner.

You know, I've been so focused on my Christmas to-do list that I forgot that it's technically still fall. That's right. The actual winter season has yet to begin. This year, the first day of winter is Saturday, December 21 which seems so late. It seems like the fall season should be ushered out with the end of Thanksgiving as we plant our Christmas trees in the name of all that is winter.

So what does winter look like for us?

For that, we turn to the Farmers' Almanac. For those unfamiliar, this publication has been predicting long-range weather conditions for more than 200 years. They also claim that their accuracy rate is above 80 percent or something like that. As it sits now, the extended forecast for winter across the board is cold with a big temperature drop coming the final week of January and lasting through the beginning of February.

Specifically, when it comes to our region (which has been dubbed the South Central U.S.) we are expected to have "unsettled weather." I'm not entirely sure what that means, but since we are used to a roller coaster of conditions in the south, I'm going to assume we will be blistering hot one day and freezing cold the next. Ok, maybe it's not that extreme, but we are expected to bounce around from fair to rain to dry and fair again throughout the season.

Although there isn't any snow in the forecast, I still plan on doing my snow dance for the remainder of December.

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