Well, even thought the winter solstice is still several weeks a way I would have to say that with this first snow fall winter is officially here. With it getting such an early start what will the rest of the year bring, one is sure to wonder.
This year the persimmon seeds, from everybody I've talked to, seem to be a spoon. Which according to folk lore means that the snow will be heavy this year. According to the almanac, this year will be snowy, with alternating times of record highs and record lows with periods of heavy snow, depending on where you live in the "heartland". Specifically for December it is predicting snowy and very cold for the first half and mild the second.
Another point of interest the "Old farmers Almanac" is predicting that we may actually be going through a period cooling for the next 50 yrs.