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Various places are out with their forecast for the upcoming winter, but I found the most accurate Minnesota winter forecast...ever!

Being that I'm an amateur weather geek, I take special note of what various agencies and forecasters are calling for when it comes to our upcoming winter season. Are we going to have another record-breaking season like last winter? Will the Polar Vortex drop our temperatures to 30 below zero again this year? Or will Global Warming Climate Change keep our weather warm and toasty this season?

Last month, we'd heard from several forecasters who said that it looks like a La Nina weather pattern is developing out over the Pacific Ocean. That, in turn, usually affects the jet stream over Minnesota and can sometimes be responsible for winters that have colder temperatures and more snow.

Of course, that's just a guess. There's also that chance that we might see a warmer-than-average winter with more snow. Or a warmer winter with less snow too.  So what gives? What CAN we expect? I always come back to a meteorologist I worked with back in Wisconsin and what he would say when anybody asked him what we could expect during the upcoming winter: It's going to be, "Colder, with some snow..." he'd always say. You can't argue too much with that, can you?

Along those same lines, I'm also reminded of what Mark Baden, a meteorologist for WISN-TV over in Madison, Wisconsin, posted on his Twitter page last year. It was his Most Accurate Winter Forecast Ever. And even though he's over in America's Dairyland, his winter forecast is also incredibly accurate for us here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes again this year too. Check it out:

And while we all know the cold weather and snow IS on the way, keep scrolling to check out this list of things we all NEED to survive here in Minnesota, regardless of what the weather does...

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