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Farmers’ Almanac predicts 2017-18 winter in Colorado to be drier than last year

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Douglas Wipper shakes the snow from the tree in front of his home on Missouri Avenue after an overnight fall snowstorm in 2013.

According to the 2018 edition of the Farmers' Almanac — which came out this week — the upcoming 2017-18 winter season in the West will not be as wet as last year.

"Our forecasts are pointing to a return to more normal winter conditions in regard to both temperatures and precipitation," according to its winter outlook page.

That's not to say there won't be the occasional heavy winter storm coming in from the Pacific or pushing south from western Canada, but these should be "balanced out by spells of dry and mild weather," its forecast says. The map shows Colorado to be in the "cold, moderate snowfall — not as harsh as usual" part of the region.

For the entire country, the publication is calling this winter "The Cold, The Dry, The Wet and the Wild," with the West —mainly those areas west of the Continental Divide — categorized as "The Dry."

The Southeast will see "The Wet," with lower-than-average winter temperatures and above-average precipitation. "From the Great Lakes into the Northeast, snowier-than-normal conditions are expected," the page says.

"The Wild" comes in where the southern part of the Great Plains, where Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma meet. These areas will see wide swings of weather throughout the winter.

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The Almanac claims that its forecasts are 80 to 85 percent accurate.

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