Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts warmer, drier than average winter for Pacific Northwest

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Snow blankets the Experience Music Project museum near the Space Needle January 18, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. Seattle and Western Washington State have been hit with a snow storm that has dropped several inches of snow. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

SEATTLE — It’s good news if you hate the cold, but it’s bad news for skiers and snowboarders.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac just released its winter forecast for regions across the country.

In the Pacific Northwest, including western Washington and Oregon, forecasters predict a mild winter:

“Winter temperatures will be higher than normal, with below-normal snowfall. Precipitation will be below normal in Washington and Oregon and near normal in northern California. The coldest periods will be in late December, mid- to late January, and late February, with the snowiest periods in late December and mid- to late January.”

“April and May will be slightly drier than normal, with near-normal temperatures.”

For the Intermountain West, which includes eastern Washington and Oregon and Idaho:

“Winter temperatures will be above normal, with below-normal snowfall and with precipitation above normal north, below south. The coldest periods will be late December and mid- to late February north, and mid-December south. The snowiest period in northern and central sections will be in early December; mid-February and early to mid-March in the south.”

“April and May will be slightly drier than normal, with near-normal temperatures.”

READ MORE: Old Farmer’s Almanac >>

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