Farmers' Almanac forecasts frosty, wet, white winter for Philly

Mark Abrams
September 02, 2019 - 4:00 am
The Farmers' Almanac is out with the winter forecast for the Delaware Valley region.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Farmers' Almanac is out with the winter forecast for the Delaware Valley region.

"Polar coaster is my term for this particular winter," said Peter Geiger, editor of the 2020 edition of the Farmers' Almanac and the man who came up with the long-range winter weather forecast. "We say it's going to be frosty, wet and white."

"The whole 'polar coaster' is because it's going to be very cold and snowy and it's going to be mild," Geiger continued. "We're going to have what I would call 'winterludes.' So you're going to have ups and downs of winter."

Geiger is forecasting a significant snowfall between Jan. 4 and Jan. 7, followed by one of those warm "winterludes." Then, another period of snow between Jan. 12 and 15. 

"I think Philadelphia gets about 22 inches of snow," Geiger said. "So I would at least get a shovel that can handle 23 inches of snow."

Geiger said he's dreaming of a white/wet Christmas — kind of hedging his bets for the Jolly Old Elf's arrival this year. But, come the new year, look out.

"The Mummer's Parade, we're talking about it being wet and windy and then we talk about it becoming really winterish in the middle part of January," Geiger said. "In fact, the fourth through the seventh, we talk about significant snow. Then we talk about a 'winterlude." And, then we talk about Jan. 12 to the 15, some more snow."

That, he says, will be followed by bone-chilling cold at the end of January and the coldest temperatures of the winter showing up in the first week of February.