Above-average temps and rain looming in forecast

Warms temperatures are expected for the rest of April. (File Image / The Dickinson Press)

Winter may officially be done on the Western Edge as temperatures are starting to gradually rise.

The normal high for this time of year is right around 58 degrees and the forecast looks like the weather in the next week or so may even be a little warmer than that.

Thursday will be right around 58 degrees with clouds and showers developing late Thursday night and into Friday.

“As we get into the weekend, it will be right around 60 degrees on Friday and Saturday,” Ken Simosko, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Bismarck, said. “It will be close to normal and Sunday and Monday. The temperature will be into the mid to upper 60’s, so above normal for Tuesday and Wednesday.”

The right at normal or slightly above normal temperatures should continue through the end of April.


Lows will also be above normal as the typical low temperature for this time of year is right around freezing.

The projections show them in the middle to upper 30s and maybe even low 40s for the next week or so.

However, precipitation will pick up too in the near future.

“Total precipitation will be somewhere between maybe .15 and .2 of an inch,” Simosko said. “As we get into the weekend and into next week, timing becomes a problem, but the better chances of precipitation will be Monday night and Tuesday, and then there may be something after that as well. Between now and the end of April, Dickinson may get around .2 or .3 of an inch of precipitation.”

There is no chance of snow through the end of the month.

The wind will be very light over the next few days, but as a front moves through next week around Tuesday or Wednesday, the wind should pick up.

“We kind of have one system after another moving through with chances of showers just about every other day,” said Simokso. “I don’t think it is going to be looking like it has now since we have been in this dry stretch. I think we will see chances of rain all the way through next week. It won’t be raining all the time, but every other day you will have some chances of precipitation and a little wind too.”

As for summer, there is very little confidence to date on if it will be warm or cool for Dickinson, North Dakota and the Great Plains.


The favored area to be above average temperature wise is out west in the Great Basin area, with Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and down to Arizona having a good chance of a warm summer.

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