I realize fall has just arrived, but it's never too early to talk about what we can expect this winter in Connecticut and the Hudson Valley.

After all, winter is usually of the seasons that we want to know what's going to happen with the weather well in advance. That's why, for years, people have been turning to the Farmers Almanac.

Just recently, the legendary Almanac released its winter predictions and it looks like, for us here in the northeast, it's the three F's -- Freezing. Frigid. Frosty.

So what's all that stuff about a "Polar Coaster?" According to the Almanac's website, this winter will be filled with so many ups and downs on the thermometer, it may remind you of a freezing cold roller coaster -- hence the clever nickname.

In the Northeast, which includes Greater Danbury and the Hudson Valley, the Farmers Almanac says we can anticipate colder temperatures, with the snowiest periods happening from mid-November to late-December. The coldest air temperature conditions are expected to arrive during the last week of January and stick around through the beginning of February. It's all part of the "Polar Coaster" ride that we may be stuck on until sometime in April.

For us, a slow warm up has been something we've been experiencing for about the last decade. Expect to stay bundled up for awhile, as it looks like winter will linger and that means a lot less spring.

So just how does the Almanac come up with it's forecast conclusions? It relies on a secret formula from 1792 that was devised by its founder, Robert B. Thomas. Today, the Almanac also relies on state-of-the-art technology and then applies solar science, climatology and meteorology to their calculations.

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