Winter Weather Predictions

October 23, 2011 Updated Oct 23, 2011 at 10:33 AM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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October 23, 2011 Updated Oct 23, 2011 at 10:33 AM EDT

(Buffalo, NY) The National Weather Service has released its official outlook for the upcoming winter season.

Here in the Buffalo area, they are predicting a colder winter with more precipitation.

"If you put those two together, you can come to the conclusion that we might see a little snowier than normal winter," says National Weather Service meteorologist John Hitchcock.

The extended forecast seems to be backed up by nature observer Scott MacDowell. He has noticed a lot of 'woolly' caterpillars this year.

"And you see lots of them in your travels. I see them on Route 219. I've seen them on Route 5. I've seen them all over the place. You are destined for a nasty winter," comments MacDowell.

However, not everyone agrees.

The current edition of the "Old Farmers Almanac" predicts the winter in our region will be milder than normal - with the coldest part coming in late November and early December.