Region 9 – Upper Midwest

Region 9 Forecast : Upper Midwest | November 2015 – October 2016

SUMMARY: Winter will be much colder than normal, on average, with above-normal precipitation. Snowfall will be near normal in most of the region but above normal in the east. Very cold weather will predominate from late December through early February, with the snowiest periods in late November, late January, and mid-March.

April and May will be slightly warmer and wetter than normal.

Summer will be hotter and drier than normal. The hottest periods will occur in late June and early and late August.

September and October will be much warmer and slightly rainier than normal in the east and rainier than normal, with near-normal temperatures, in the west.


NOV. 2015: Temp. 30° (1° above avg.); precip. 3” (1” above avg.) – 1st–4th: Rainy periods, mild. 5th–13th: Snow showers; cold, then mild. 14th–18th: Snow, then flurries, cold. 19th–23rd: Snow, then flurries, cold. 24th–25th: Rain and snow, mild. 26th–30th: Snowstorm, then flurries, cold.

DEC. 2015: Temp. 15.5° (1° above avg. east, 2° below west); precip. 1.5” (0.5” above avg.) – 1st–8th: Snow showers, cold. 9th–14th: Snow showers; mild, then cold. 15th–22nd: Lake snows east, flurries west; cold. 23rd–26th: Snow showers, mild. 27th–31st: Lake snows east, flurries west; very cold.

JAN. 2016: Temp. 8° (5° below avg.); precip. 2” (1” above avg.) – 1st–10th: Snowy periods, cold. 11th–16th: Lake snows east, flurries west; turning milder. 17th–26th: Snowy periods, very cold. 27th–31st: Snowstorm, then sunny, frigid.

FEB. 2016: Temp. 12° (avg.); precip. 1” (avg.) – 1st–6th: Snow showers, very cold. 7th–18th: Snow showers, turning mild. 19th–24th: Snow, then flurries, cold. 25th–29th: Snow showers, cold.

MAR. 2016: Temp. 26.5° (4° below avg. east, 1° above west); precip. 1” (0.5” below avg.) – 1st–7th: Snow showers, turning mild. 8th–11th: Snow, then sunny, cold. 12th–18th: Snow, then flurries, cold. 19th–24th: Snow, then showers, turning mild. 25th–28th: Snow showers, cold. 29th–31st: Sunny, mild.

APR. 2016: Temp. 44° (2° above avg.); precip. 1.5” (0.5” below avg.) – 1st–5th: Showers, then sunny, mild. 6th–14th: A few showers, turning warm. 15th–19th: Sprinkles, cool. 20th–26th: Rain to snow, then sunny, cool. 27th–30th: Showers.

MAY 2016: Temp. 54° (1° below avg.); precip. 4” (1” above avg.) – 1st–3rd: Sunny, nice. 4th–7th: Showers, then sunny, warm. 8th–11th: Showers, warm. 12th–18th: Rain, then showers, cool. 19th–22nd: Sunny, nice. 23rd–26th: Showers, cool. 27th–31st: T-storms, warm.

JUNE 2016: Temp. 66° (3° above avg.); precip. 4” (avg.). 1–2 Sunny, very warm. 3–12 A few t-storms, warm. 13–19 Isolated t-storms, cool. 20–25 T-storms, then sunny, cool. 26–30 Scattered t-storms, warm.

JULY 2016: Temp. 64° (4° below avg.); precip. 3” (0.5” below avg.). 1–4 Sunny, turning cool. 5–15 Isolated t-storms, cool. 16–22 A few t-storms, cool. 23–31 Scattered t-storms, cool.

AUG. 2016: Temp. 69° (3° above avg.); precip. 3” (0.5” below avg.). 1–7 Scattered t-storms; hot, then cool. 8–10 Sunny, hot. 11–18 A few t-storms, turning cool. 19–22 Sunny, nice. 23–31 A few t-storms, turning hot.

SEPT. 2016: Temp. 58° (avg.); precip. 4” (1” above avg.). 1–6 T-storms, then sunny, nice. 7–11 Showers, then sunny, cool. 12–20 Rainy periods, then sunny, mild. 21–26 T-storms, warm. 27–30 Showers, turning cool.

OCT. 2016: Temp. 50° (6° above avg. east, avg. west); precip. 3” (0.5” below avg. east, 2” above west). 1–8 Showers, then sunny, cool. 9–18 Rain, then sunny, warm. 19–23 Rainy periods, mild. 24–31 Rain and snow showers, turning cold.