New year, new decade and a new weather forecast for the remainder of the winter.  Unfortunately, the experts are predicting "colder than normal" rest of the winter for the Northern tier states including North Dakota & Bismarck Mandan.

Here's the break down month by month:

January

If you're looking for a winter getaway, head down to California and Arizona for much above average warmth, by winter standards. Typical winter highs are already in the 50s and 60s in those states.

Near average temperatures are expected from the Pacific Northwest through the Central Plains and into Southeast.

The most likely spot for cooler temperatures compared to average will be from the northern Plains into the Upper Midwest. Highs there are usually in the teens and 20s to start the year.

February

Temperatures going into February are expected to be well below average for a large swath of the Midwest and Plains.

Far-below-average temperatures are likely in those regions, with below-average temperatures also reaching into the northern Rockies. February is normally the coldest month of the year in many of these areas, but the outlook calls for even colder weather than usual.  Not good news for North Dakota.  This could be our coldest month!

Milder than average conditions are likely from southern California to much of Texas.

Occasional bursts of cold or warm air could bring significantly higher or lower temperatures, but this should be a good idea of how February will go as a whole.

March

The outlook from the Weather Company suggests that some significant changes are possible as winter ends and spring begins.

Milder air will likely expand to much of the western half of the country, and average or slightly above average temperatures are possible over an even broader area. Together, these regions include most of the Lower 48 states.

This could bring highs in the 60s into the central Rockies and 70s in the the Southwest.

Near or slightly ABOVE average is expected for North Dakota and Bismarck Mandan.  March seems a long ways away.  Let's hope like most of the time.  The weather experts are wrong.