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Farmers’ Almanac says cold spring is ahead despite winter feeling like early spring all season

We’ll take it with a grain of salt based on what we’ve seen this winter, but the Farmers’ Almanac is predicting a cold and snowy spring.

The Almanac predicted a cold and snowy winter for 2023-24, and so far, that hasn’t been the case. At least not to historic measures. It’s been slightly snowier in spots this year when compared to 2022-23, but still not the type of winter most expect in Upstate New York.

The Almanac’s forecast, which relies on solar patterns, historical weather conditions, and current solar activity, foresees wintry conditions into spring, with a significant East Coast storm expected in early March and potential late-season snowfall in mid-April.


Despite an unusually mild start to February with temperatures reaching over 50 degrees, the Farmers’ Almanac’s prediction for a “wintry mess” in the Northeast and New England in mid-February and early March remains on the horizon. This forecast tracks with what the National Weather Service is reporting for the next 3-4 weeks, noting that while we’re set to experience a warm spell over the next few days — things will cool off next week, and stay cool through the end of the month.

Looking ahead to spring, the Farmers’ Almanac anticipates a cool and stormy season for much of the United States, including New York. March is expected to bring colder weather with snow in the north and heavy rain elsewhere. April may continue the trend with cold temperatures and possible late snow, while May is predicted to be cooler than average with an active storm track, possibly affecting Memorial Day weekend plans with frequent showers and colder air.