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Natural signs all over the world that indicate snow may be on the way.

 Big lowers in the Alps Mountains.  During autumn season the blue gentian flower grows high in the pastures in the Alps in Europe.
In Austria, the ants are their indicator of a snowy winter.  When the ants build large mounds in July time frame then a rough winter is to be expected.
Italy, a lot of bees in the summer indicates much snow in the winter.
France, if the onion skins are thick, expect a hard winter.  If the onion skins are thin expect a less than hard winter.
Colorado USA, The Rosy-Finches on top of Sam’s knob in Snowmass are observed at 11,000 feet.  When the birds flock to the top of the mountain and stuff themselves with food, it’s an indicator of snow to come.
Canada, when the horses shed their summer coat and re-grow their coat for winter, if their coat sheds and grows in earlier than usual it’s a sign of a strong winter coming.

 Other Natural Signs of Upcoming Snow

Birds bunch together on the ground

Squirrels’ tails grow bushier

When squirrels build their nests low in trees

Hornets and wasps nests heavier and higher in the trees

Ants building their nests high

Crows gather in groups

Birds eat the berries earlier in the season

Beaver lodges have more logs and the north side of a beaver dam is more covered with sticks

Thick shells on Acorns

Foggy mornings in August

If lightning is seen in winter, it should snow in ten days. However, if the first thunder comes from the east, the winter is over.

When geese start their migration south earlier than normal, it’s a very good indicator that a hard winter is arriving.  If the birds are not in a hurry to migrate south in winter, such as in November, then it will most likely be a mild winter.

If rodents are moving in to your garage or house, winter may arrive earlier than one may think.

Pine Cones are larger than normal size. 

Corn husks are thicker

Brighter than usual fall foliage.  The brighter the foliage the colder and snowier the winter ahead.