Bone-chilling, teeth-chattering cold. It is what the Olde Farmer’s Almanac is expecting for the prairies this winter.

Jack Burnett is a spokesperson for the almanac. He said it will get to it’s worst before Christmas.

“We’re looking for the coldest parts of the winter to be the last half of December, and the very beginning of January, as well as the second half of January,” Burnett explained. From there, things are expected to warm up again in February, before getting cooler again in March.

Until winter arrives, though, it might not be too bad, with a relatively normal fall.

“Pretty even temperatures and it should be pretty enjoyable, but then we get to November and we’re looking for three degrees colder temperatures,” said Burnett.

While the almanac is calling for a cold winter, Environment Canada’s long range forecast isn’t matching up, saying it will be a moderate winter.

Burnett said while both organizations respect each other's forecasts since they are derived from the same data, he will stick with the almanac’s forecast.

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