Chilly week, but warmer weekend on the rise

A chilly look at Patterson Lake projects for a colder week but a warm weekend. (Jackie Jahfetson/The Dickinson Press)

With last week’s temperatures peaking into the high 60s, the U.S. National Weather Service of Bismarck is predicting for a colder front for the first stretch of this week followed by a weekend warm-up.

“Normal [temperatures] run in the low to mid-40s for Dickinson for this week in November and normal lows are around 22, so those are pretty close. But the first few days are going to be below normal. And then we get toward Friday and the weekend, we should be at or maybe even slightly above normal because those lows just keep going down traditionally every day,” U.S. National Weather Service Meteorology Technician Rick Krolak said.

Tuesday day will be sunny with a high near 39 degrees amd a south wind of 5 to 14 mph becoming west in the afternoon; winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Tuesday night will be partly cloudy, with a low around 21 and a west wind of 8 to 13 mph. Wednesday day will be partly sunny with a high near 34 — breezy and a west wind of 14 to 22 mph with gusts as high as 32 mph. Wednesday evening is projected at mostly cloudy with a low around 11 and a west wind of 9 to 13 mph and gusts nearing 21 mph.

“Looks like most of the snow when we go get any, is going to be pretty much restricted to the northern part of the state — Minot and that area up that way,” Krolak said. “Winds are going to be pretty gusty on Wednesday. We’re looking at another 20 to 30 mph range. That’s probably going to be the ugliest day of the week.”

On Thursday, the temperatures are going to begin to rise at a high of near 30 degrees, mostly sunny with a west wind of 7 to 13 mph and gusts reaching up to 23 mph. Thursday evening will be mostly clear and a low of 13 with a south wind of 5 to 8 mph. Friday will be mostly sunny and a high of 43 with a 9 to 16 mph south wind, gusting as high as 23 mph. Come Friday evening, the temperature will decrease to 22 degrees with partly cloudy skies.


Moving into the weekend, Saturday will be mostly sunny with a high of 48 degrees, an 8 to 15 mph southwest wind and gusts as high as 23 mph. Saturday night will be partly cloudy with a low around 26 with a 10 to 17 mph and gusts as high as 29 mph.

Typically, snow is usually on the ground by the end of October but last week’s warm spell is projecting a slightly warmer month and eventually cooling down, Krolak said. For the 14-day forecast lookout, Nov. 17-23 in Dickinson and the southwest North Dakota area is looking to have warmer temperatures than normal. Precipitation will be fairly dry, Krolak noted. For the one-month outlook, Krolak said there’s going to not be much abnormalities for December.

“It’s predicted that it’s going to be a cooler and wetter winter,” Krolak said, explaining, “It’s starting out [warmer] as you can see with November, it’s hard to believe. But as you get out later into the month, the predictions are that it’s going to be a generally cooler and wetter winter and spring [with] more arctic outbreaks, more subzero temperatures for longer periods of time pretty much. Also, generally you’re looking at this lasting into the spring months so it makes for a longer winter,” he added.

To stay on top of the latest weather forecast, visit or follow the U.S. National Weather Service Bismarck North Dakota Facebook page.

Jackie Jahfetson is a former reporter for The Dickinson Press.
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