Brace yourselves: The cold is coming, at least according to the 2020 Farmer's Almanac. 

It might be hard to imagine snow and ice as we come out of hot summer weather, but the Farmers' Almanac extended weather forecast has predicted a harsh, cold, "polar coaster" winter for much of the U.S. 

“Our extended forecast is calling for yet another freezing, frigid, and frosty winter for two-thirds of the country,” Farmers’ Almanac editor and philom Peter Geiger said in a press release.

BREAKING: We've released our extended forecast for WINTER 2019-20! See who's in for a wild ride on the#PolarCoaster!

— The Farmers' Almanac (@FarmersAlmanac)August 26, 2019

The Almanac predicts that "areas east of the Rockies all the way to the Appalachians" will get the worst of it, experiencing bitterly cold temperatures and above-average precipitation. Expect the coldest temperatures at the end of January and the beginning of February. 

The long-range predictions also hint at a long and slow-to-end winter in the Midwest, Great Lakes, Northeast and New England, where spring might not really arrive until April. You can find predictions specific to your region on the Farmers' Almanac website. 

All that said, enjoy the warmth while it lasts. You'll miss it in the middle of January. 

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