Farmers Almanac Predicts Long Winter

Snowed InTime to dig out all your winter gear and give it a good once over. Get that snow blower tuned up and shovels ready too! Might want to get some more firewood on the stack!

The venerable almanac’s 2010 edition, which goes on sale Tuesday, says numbing cold will predominate in the country’s midsection, from the Rocky Mountains in the West to the Appalachians in the East.

Farmers’ Almanac editor Peter Geiger displays a map of the publication’s winter weather forecast. While the two coasts are expected to experience average to mild conditions, the nation’s midsection is in for a colder-than-normal season, a situation that another almanac editor described as an “ice cold sandwich.”