In mn, I would like to see something like "more precipitation then normal" predicted. Last winter, it was -10 for weeks, but no snow. It actually snowed 8" once or twice last winter. Then it all melted a week later. IIRC, it snowed a couple inches a few times. It *did* rain an inch on new year's eve, though.
I was considering picking up some used nordic stuff, but then I realized that it just doesn't really snow in mn. Same with my snowmobile, I was considering doing some stuff to it, but then realized I can use it about a week, and that's it.