The long-range forecast for Central New York are predicting a milder winter than usual, and a later arrival for fall.

The Accuweather long-range forecast says Central New York can expect "persistent warmth" through September - so don't expect the kids to be pulling out their new sweatshirts and sweater for the first day of the school. Expect cooler temperatures as October begins, so you should still plan a Halloween costume with an extra layer or two.

The late arrival of fall  - combined with dry weather - brings some additional good news: delayed, but "vibrant" fall foliage.

The extended forecast from the Farmer's Almanac predicts a milder winter than usual, but we'll still see snow - and in traditional Central New York fashion, winter will last right up until April.

The coldest periods will occur from late December into mid-January and late January into early February and in mid- to late February. The snowiest periods will be in early January, early to mid-February, mid-March, and early April.

The Climate Prediction Center of the National Weather Service agrees with the Almanac, calling for above average temperatures through December 2019.

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