The Farmer's Almanac has been around for 200 years predicting the weather long before it actually happens, and doing a pretty good job. They claim to be 80 percent accurate in their weather predictions, and this year they say our winter will be cold!
Our region actually says "cold, moderate snowfall - not as harsh as usual.'
I mean, that isn't very clear as most winters are cold, and I'm not sure what they mean by harsh. So take it for what it you wish.