It's right there on the map in the 2018 version of the "Old Farmer's Almanac" -- a giant snowflake covering North Texas.
The annual forecast from the 226-year-old publication is out. And it's sending chills through folks in Dallas-Fort Worth with its swath of "cold, snowy" winter weather blowing through these parts.
For generations, real-life farmers have made an annual ritual of thumbing through the Almanac, a paperback compendium of everything from "Secrets of the Zodiac" to "Gestation and Mating Tables." (FYI: Sows take an average of 115 days to make a piglet.)
How well do these way-too-early forecasts pan out? Well ... the Almanac itself claims an 80 percent accuracy rate. The Atlantic investigated a few years back, and while the editors still use some old-school voodoo involving sunspots, they also consider newfangled factors like satellite data and jet-stream patterns.
So it's fine to stock up on sweaters. But snow shovels? Well...