We are exactly two weeks away from the official start of winter 2020-2021, but recent morning temperatures may make you feel like it's already here.

So, what kind of winter are we in for? If you're the kind of person who relies on the Old Farmer's Almanac, (I am only when it says what I want to hear) then you are probably going to be happy with what it says.

The Almanac says we're going to have warmer than normal temperatures this winter , and normal to lower than normal precipitation this winter. So, if you're not a kid or a true winter lover, than you like what you're hearing.

If you dig further than that, like say for instance the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who also know a little something about weather, the predictions are...well...exactly the opposite.

They expect the northeast to be colder and wetter than normal. So what are we to do? I guess the only thing we can do is be prepared for anything. It should be the New Jersey state slogan.

In case you're wondering, here are some of the New Jersey winter records most of us hope we don't break this winter. But let's be honest with each other. This winter officially starts in 2020, so, would anything surprise us?

Coldest temperature ever recorded in New Jersey...you'd have to travel back to 1904 for this one. The date was January 5th, the town was River Dale and the temperature plummeted to -34 F. No, that's not the wind chill. That was the official temperature. It's the coldest temperature ever recorded in the state.

Most snow in 24 hours ever in the state. Can you imagine a 24 hour period with nearly 3 feet of snow? It happened right here in the Garden State way back on December 14, 1915 at Charlotteburg Resevoir,(near Kinnelon in Morris County), according to Weather Street. In a 24 hour period it snowed 32 inches.

A little closer to home, here's an extreme temperature we dug up for Freehold and Marlboro at nj.com. The temperature in those towns on February 9, 1934 plummeted to 20 below zero.  It's one of the coldest readings ever in New Jersey.

There are some extreme temperatures and conditions we've dealt with right here in the Garden State. Let's hope none of those records get broken this winter. And as for me, I'm rooting for the Old Farmer's Almanac to be right. They're saying what I want to hear.

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