Good news for those dreading the subzero temperatures and snow: a brief yet big winter warm-up is in the forecast.
By BRYCE MARTIN
N.D. Group Editor
Bad news: It won’t stay for long.
According to the National Weather Service in Bismarck, this week will bring abnormally warm temperatures to the region, beginning Wednesday.
The high on Wednesday was to be in the upper 40s, according to forecasters. Thursdays’s high could reach into the low 50s.
That trend would continue into Sunday, which was scheduled to signal a lull in the warm weather and offered a chance for rain and snow.
Heading into next week, winter weather would resume, with highs hovering around the freezing mark.
According to the official Farmer’s Almanac, the 2014-2015 winter months will be colder and slightly drier than normal in the north portion of the state and milder than normal with near-normal precipitation in the south. The coldest periods, according to the almanac, will be in late December, early to mid-January, mid- to late February and early March.
Snowfall will be below normal in the east and near normal in the west, with the periods seeing most snow in mid- to late December, mid-January and early and mid- to late March.
Don’t forget, winter doesn’t officially start until Dec. 21.