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    Early Snow, Bad Winter Ahead?

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    If you are hit hard by snow in October or November are you more likely to see a snowy winter? According to historical date, there doesn't seem to be much of a correlation between when the first storm hits and how much snow the winter will see overall.

    Take the city of Chicago, for example. Of ten years where it snowed in October, one of those winters, 1917, is in the top ten snowiest winters overall.

    Sometimes a snow storm will strike early and the cold pattern will last through the whole winter, but as seen in New England in the winter of 2011, there can be a big October snowstorm that proceeds a mild winter. Early snow isn't a guarantee one way or the other.

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