Frigid February expected for Dickinson with wind chills of -40

The mellow month of January has ended, giving way to a frigid February. Wind chills in the -40s are expected for the weekend. The National Weather Service in Bismarck details the upcoming forecast.

Snowy weather possible for Dickinson and surrounding areas within the next week along with frigid temperatures. (M.C. Amick/The Dickinson Press)

Over the past month, southwest North Dakota Dickinson has been experiencing abnormal temperatures with a high of 58 degrees reported in Dickinson Tuesday. However, Wednesday’s temperatures plummeted, snowflakes drizzled through the air and winter made itself known.

The National Weather Service in Bismarck has forecasted a continuance drop in temperatures for the upcoming week.

“We’re finally seeing the winter that we’ve all come to know and expect in North Dakota,” Meteorologist Adam Jones said. “It’s finally going to arrive this weekend and it’ll stick with us through most of next week and maybe even all of next week. (We’re) looking at high temperatures in the single digits, some days not even getting above zero. Low temperatures (will continue) in the single digits and teens below with wind chills (of) 25 to 45 below zero beginning Friday night and lasting until the middle of next week. Maybe even (lasting) the rest of next week.”

Jones said the sudden change in weather is due to a “dome” coming in from Russia.

On Thursday, mostly sunny skies can be expected throughout the day with a high of 21 degrees, a 14 to 20 mph northwest wind and gusts up to 30 mph. Thursday evening will cool down to about 7 degrees with a 5 to 10 mph northwest wind. Friday will bring a 20% chance of snow during the day, temperatures peaking to 17 degrees with a 6 to 15 mph north wind carrying gusts up to 24 mph. On Friday evening, temperatures will drop to -11 degrees with a 20% chance of snow after 11 p.m. and a north wind of 10 to 14 mph, gusting up to 21 mph.


On Saturday, partly sunny skies can be expected, but temperatures will remain chilly with a predicted 1 degrees and 11 to 15 mph winds — gusts up to 25 mph. Saturday will end with mostly cloudy skies, temperatures at a frigid -15 degrees with northwest winds at 8 mph. Sunday has a slight chance of snow before 11 a.m., giving way to partly cloudy skies with a high of zero degrees and 8 to 11 mph north winds carrying gusts up to 18 mph. On Sunday evening, the temperature will drop to -16 degrees with partly cloudy skies and northwest winds at around 9 mph. Accuweather predicted Sunday evening will experience a wind chill of -35 degrees, which Jones noted that this information was fairly consistent with the National Weather Service’s predictions.

“Sunday morning… in the Dickinson area wind chill (will be) about 25 below and then Sunday evening into Monday morning, wind chill temperature of 35 below… The highest wind chill we’re looking at (on Sunday is) around 17 or 18 below,” Jones said.

Looking out to next week, temperatures will rise slightly. The National Weather Service in Bismarck predicts Monday to be mostly sunny with a high near 5 degrees, with a northwest wind of 10 to 13 mph and gusts at around 22 mph during the day. Temperatures will drop Monday evening to a low of -12 degrees with partly cloudy skies and west winds at around 10 mph. On Tuesday, mostly sunny skies are expected and a temperature of 11 degrees with 10 to 14 mph west winds, gusting as high as 24 mph.

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