Is Winter Weather Over? Most Likely Not


Bismarck – It was another near perfect day across the region with temperatures in the 60s today…so does that mean the cold and snow is behind us?

It’s been a brutal winter…from 60 below zero wind chills to crippling snowstorms in spots…so with temperatures finally at or above average you may think we’re out of the woods…but old man winter may have one or two more tricks up his sleeve.

With the signs of winter slowly melting away, it’s been 27 days since Bismarck last had a high of 32 degrees or lower…and while those warmer temperatures have allowed you to finally see grass and go outside without fear of frostbite…the feel of winter may not be over yet…

You can blame what’s called the North Atlantic Oscillation for that…the NAO deals with atmospheric pressure over the Atlantic Ocean…when it’s positive the flow of temperatures is more zonal, keeping things tranquil…but a negative NAO is like clogging up the drain of Atmospheric flow which can lead to big-time fluctuations in weather…

“Typically in the winter when that setup, it can be a prolonged period of some colder temperatures, this is gonna be much briefer, and certainly not as cold now that we’re in the spring,” Said Ken Simosko: Meteorologist: National Weather Service Bismarck.

One of those fluctuations could include an early spring snowstorm for someone in the midwest…

“According to this time right now, it’s going to favor the southern half of North Dakota so I-94 and south, the further south you go, that’s where the precipitation amounts will be a little higher. Said Simosko.

He adds we can expect a roller coaster ride of temperatures for the rest of the month, in fact the Climate Prediction Center says the area can expect some below normal temperatures over the next 6-10 days, as well as the next 8-14 days…meaning you’ll have to keep that winter coat out just a little while longer.

Weather in April does vary wildly from year to year…last year on this date, the high was only 25 degrees and nearly 4 inches of snow fell.

And if you’re wondering, Major April snowstorms are rare, but not totally out of the question here in North Dakota.

While the Capitol City averages four-point two inches of snow for the month, the all-time record for April happened just 6 years ago.

A blizzard dumped over 17 inches in Bismarck on April 14th of 2013.

But not to be put down– on April 27th, 1984– 27 inches fell in Minot.

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