CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It s time to start looking for woolly worm caterpillars around the house because, according to weather folklore, they will predict the weather for the upcoming winter.

There are 13 bands on the woolly worm and each band is supposed to forecast the weather for each week of winter. Tradition states a black ring means a cold, snowy season while a brown ring equals a milder week of weather.

The problem I have found is that not all woolly worms have the same color pattern. So how do you pick the correct wooly worm for the forecast?

The folks at the Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk use a board with strings hanging down. The worms are placed at the bottom of the string and the worm that climbs to the top the fastest wins and its color bands are used for the winter forecast.

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