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Winter 2013 forecast: Above average snow for Mid-Atlantic, storms for Super Bowl

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About two-thirds of the United States will experience below average temperatures and higher-than-average precipitation totals this winter, if the 2014 Farmer's Almanac is to be believed.

The Washington, D.C. area hasn't had a super snowy winter since 2009-10. Photo: Richard Reeve

In our neck of the woods, the Almanac, which released its 2014 winter forecast on Sunday, predicts "copious rains and/or snows" late this year and into 2014.

The Mid-Atlantic wont be spared, if the Farmer's Almanac forecast is to be believed. The Midwest, Great Lakes, Central and Northern New England regions are all primed for a major shot of snow this winter as well.

The greater D.C. area averages 15.4 inches of snow per year on average according to the National Weather Service, which has tracked official snow totals since 1887. It has been a dry stretch of winters, though, since the historic snows of 2009-10.

Washington only got 3.1 inches of snow in 2012-13 and even fewer - 2.0 inches - in 2011-12. In 2009, a trio of massive snowstorms dumped a record 56.1 inches of snow on the metro area.

Beyond D.C., the Almanac predicts inclement weather for this season's Super Bowl, set to take place Feb. 2 at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Dubbed the NFL's first cold-weather outdoor Super Bowl, the Farmer's Almanac is predicting stormy weather for the biggest football game of the season.

The Almanac's authors do admit that their forecast "may be off by a day or two," saying that many parts of the winter will be volatile and turbulent.

The Farmer's Almanac has been published every year by the Almanac Publishing Company in Maine since 1818.

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