2018 Long Range Weather Forecast for Upper Midwest

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See long range weather forecasts for the next 60 days from The Old Farmer’s Almanac! Our long range forecasts can be used to make more informed decisions about future plans that depend on the weather, from vacations and weddings to sporting events and outdoor activities.

To see long term forecasts for the entire year, pick up a copy of the annual Old Farmer’s Almanac, available online and in stores.

Note: Long range forecasts are regional, not city-specific. If your city is located inside a region, the region's forecast will apply to you.

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February 2018 Long Range Weather Forecast for Upper Midwest
DatesWeather Conditions
Feb 1-5Sunny; cold, then mild
Feb 6-10Snow, then flurries, cold
Feb 11-17Flurries; cold east, mild west
Feb 18-25Flurries, mild
Feb 26-28Showers, mild
Februarytemperature 16° (4° above avg.)
precipitation 1" (avg.)

March 2018 Long Range Weather Forecast for Upper Midwest
DatesWeather Conditions
Mar 1-8Rainy periods, mild
Mar 9-14Sunny; cool, then mild
Mar 15-24Showers, then sunny, mild
Mar 25-31Rain and snow, then showers, cool
Marchtemperature 35° (7° above avg.)
precipitation 2" (0.5" above avg.)

Annual Weather Summary: November 2017 to October 2018

Winter will be warmer than normal, with the coldest periods in late November, early and late December, early January, and early February. Precipitation and snowfall will be below normal, with the snowiest periods in mid- to late December and early to mid-February. April and May will be cooler than normal, with near-normal precipitation. Summer will be hotter than normal, with near-normal precipitation. The hottest periods will be in late June, late July, and early to mid-August. September and October will be warmer and slightly drier than normal.

Map showing Old Farmer's Almanac long range weather region number 9

About the Upper Midwest Region

The Upper Midwest long range weather region includes all or part of the following states: MICHIGAN (Alpena, Escanaba, Marquette, Menominee, Traverse City), MINNESOTA (Bloomington, Duluth, Minneapolis, Rochester, Saint Paul), NORTH DAKOTA (Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Wahpeton, West Fargo), SOUTH DAKOTA (Aberdeen, Brookings, Mitchell, Sioux Falls, Watertown), WISCONSIN (Appleton, Eau Claire, Green Bay, La Crosse, Oshkosh).

Upper Midwest Neighboring Regions

Here are the regions that neighbor the Upper Midwest long range weather region:

Temperature and Precipitation November 2017 to October 2018

Temperature and Precipitation Graph

Reader Comments

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how to read this chart.

How do you read the Nov. 2017 to Oct. 2018 chart? what is this -8 and -1 stuff? for instance the precipitation in May? a full -1 inches? Someone please help?

The plus or minus 8 is above

The plus or minus 8 is above or below average temps for the month, the plus or minus 1 is above or below average precipitation for the month.

False spring ?

Anyway here in southern MN we can expect another False Spring Day with temps very pleasant for mid February !
So where did "False Spring" originate from? Thanks!

Temperatures

Well, this winter in MN (twin towns) has been well below normal temps across the board. “Average high” of low to high 20s in Jan/Feb has been very elusive- and the almanac forecast was for above average temps.

Let’s hope the yearly forecast continues to be wrong so this summer isn’t 90s and humid after all...

Keep trying, Almanac! I know the science isn’t easy during the Trump years...

Long Range Weather Forcast

I always plan my camping trips around the warmest predicted summer days, so far so good. The accuracy is amazing.

camping weather

Thanks, Laura. We’ll take “amazing” any day, rain or shine. We hope you always get the weather you want!

Page

Thank-you!...I check this all the time ...it is very accurate...everybody counts on me at work to give them a Alamac.report!!

weather

Love this site. I'm the "weather guy" where I work also. It's fun & it makes the winter go by quicker !

Weather

Bah-Humbug, Feb supposed to be warmer than normal here. Hope next months forcast is more accurate.