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Winning Woolly Worm Predicts Winter Weather Forecast (2018-10-25 14:47:49)

The woolly worm has spoken.

The winter weather forecast in the High Country has been predicted after Carolyn Thompson raced the winning worm, named "Montgomery County’s Best," at the 41st Annual Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk last Saturday.

The 13 segments on the worm each represent one week of winter.

"Montgomery County's Best" was black, black, black, flick, dark brown, dark brown, dark brown, dark brown, dark brown, dark brown, flick, flick, flick.

Black is below average temperatures with snow. Dark Brown is below average temperatures. Light Brown is above-average temperatures. Flick (black and brown) is below average temperatures with frost or light snow. 

That means this winter is predicted to start with three weeks of below average temperatures with snow, followed by a week with below average temperatures with frost or light snow, then six weeks of below average temperatures and three more weeks of below average temperatures with frost or light snow.

The predicted average temperature is 27 degrees.

Thompson took home a $1,000 cash prize for having the winning woolly worm. 

All proceeds from the Woolly Worm Festival go back to local schools, nonprofits and communities.

For more information, visit woollyworm.com.



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