As we head into September, things are heating up in the Yakima Valley with temperatures into the mid and upper 90's this week. In fact, forecasters are calling for darn near 100-degree temps on Friday and Saturday as we approach the Labor Day Weekend.

So, with such warmth heading our way, I don't know if it makes much sense to look ahead into what may lay in store for us this winter - but the Farmer's Almanac has its predictions for Winter - and depending upon where you live - it could be a snowy cold winter.

“Based on our time-tested weather formula, the forecast for the upcoming winter looks a lot different from last year, quite divided with some very intense cold snaps and snowfall,” states editor Peter Geiger, Philom.

 

YouTube Screenshot Via Farmer's Almanac & NEWS CENTER Maine

The Map of the US shows a wide variety of predictions, everything from massive winter storms to drought. What we see in the Pacific Northwest looks fairly, well, boring. Mild & Dry. Now, I'm not complaining, because, for me, that's the best news I could get. I've always been a big fan of plenty of snow in the mountains and smooth sailing on the road.

Getty Images

But a little closer look into the Farmer's Almanac website offers some confusing if not conflicting information with what their map says. It says it's calling for a 'Snowy Comeback'.

The Great Lakes region will get its fair share of snow but expect above-normal snowfall if you live in the western Dakotas, northern portions of Colorado and Utah, as well as Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and central and eastern sections of Washington and Oregon.

 

Getty Images

I do know one thing: with all of the shortages of things we've experienced this year, such as toilet paper and disinfectant wipes and common sense - stocking up on essentials NOW might just be the best idea, no matter what kind of winter we have.