The 10 States with the Worst November Weather

Written by Rob Hayek
Published: November 4, 2023
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The weather starts to cool in November in most parts of the country, thus creating a different climate than what people experience in the months prior. While some states have great year-round weather, others encounter icy weather and dangerous climates.

California may have sunshine all year, but you won’t find it on this list. Instead, this list will cover the states that present the worst weather, especially when November starts.

We are here to discover the 10 states with the worst November weather by using stats from last November and yearly averages. Additionally, we will showcase the flows from the start of the month to the end.

10. Michigan

On a snowy day in Troy Michigan

Snow can fall in November in Michigan, creating cold temperatures pretty quickly.

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It’s not surprising to see Michigan on this list. Ultimately, the state of Michigan starts to slowly get cold at the beginning of November until it hits full peak toward the end. Grand Rapids started the month of November 2022 with a high temperature of 65 and a low of 40. Later, the month ended with a high of 54 and a low temperature of 26. The normal average high in November is typically 47.2, with a low of 32.8.

The rest of the state has similar conditions, including Detroit, which started with a high of 70 and a low of 49 on November 1. Then, it fell to a high of 54 and a low of 30 by the time November 30 came around. By the time the month ends, Michigan becomes one of the states with the worst November weather.

9. Wisconsin

Wisconin

Snow falls in Wisconsin in winter, with occasional drops occurring in November.

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If you have ever been to Green Bay, then you know Wisconsin can be really cold. Amazingly, Green Bay had a warm climate to start the month of November 2022, with a high of 75 degrees. But it fell to 32 degrees by the time November 30 came around, representing a 42-degree drop in the temperature.

Wisconsin averages usually hover around 43.5 degrees for a high and 28.9 degrees for a low. Therefore, it usually is one of the states with the worst November weather.

8. Idaho

Idaho

Idaho has many mountains and peaks, which can produce colder weather in November.

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The weather in Idaho can take a sharp turn by the time November rolls around. Ultimately, the drop is very similar to other cold climate states. Boise started the month of November 2022 with a temperature of 65 degrees. However, it plummeted to 46 when the calendar hit November 30.

The average high in Idaho is usually around a high of 40 degrees, and a low of 26 degrees in November, making it one of the coldest places in the United States. Thus, it is one of the states with the worst weather in November,

7. Maine

Blizard in Maine

Blizzards can start as early as November in Portland, Maine.

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Maine becomes one of the country’s coldest states in the winter. However, it takes a little longer to get there in November, which is why it’s still higher on this list. Portland averages a high of 52.7 degrees and a low of 33.6 degrees during November. Coincidentally, if you go to Caribou, the average high is 39.5, with the average low being 25.6.

Maine is one of the states that borders Canada. Thus, it gets colder temperatures in the northern parts of the state as early as November. It earns its spot as one of the states with the worst November weather.

6. Minnesota

Heavy snow in Minnesota

Minnesota has heavy snow in winter, some of which can start as early as November.

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The state of Minnesota sees cold and challenging weather for the majority of the year. Significantly, Duluth experiences extreme drops, as it did one year ago. The weather had a high of 71 degrees to start the month. However, it fell to 22 degrees by the end of the month. The drop also generated some heavy snow drop, which fell over the last few days of November. Furthermore, Duluth usually averages a high of 37 degrees and a low of 24 in November.

Minnesota starts experiencing this statewide throughout the month, making it unpredictable and treacherous. Also, it makes it a state with one of the worst weather climates toward the year’s penultimate month.

5. South Dakota

South Dakota Snow Storm

Snowstorms can cause havoc in parts of South Dakota, even in November.

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South Dakota is a state that also undergoes a sharp decline in temperature, which could produce bad weather. Last year, Huron started the month with a high of 73 degrees. By the time the month ended, it was a cold 25 degrees. The city usually averages a high of 41.1 and a low of 19.9. Meanwhile, other cities like Aberdeen usually experience worse weather. Aberdeen started the month of November with a high of 75 degrees and concluded the month with a frosty 24 degrees.

South Dakota can feel the sharp decline around the middle of the month. Therefore, it is definitely a state with one of the worst weather climates in November.

4. Montana

Montana

Snow can fall as early as November in Montana, which can cause trouble for anyone traveling through the area.

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Montana is a state that is beautiful to hike around during the summer. However, it can turn treacherous in the wintertime. Sometimes, it starts in November. Glasgow experienced a complete whirlwind in 2022, as it was a beautiful and crisp high of 62 degrees at the start of November. By the time December got close, it plunged to 15 degrees, representing a 47-degree drop. The yearly November average in Glasgow usually fetches a high of 40.5 and a low of 20.

Great Falls can have similar weather, as it usually has an average high of 43.7 and a low of 23.6. However, last year, the city faced a sharp decline, with an average high of 32.8 and a low of 13.7. These two cities are among the many reasons why Montana has some of the worst weather in November.

3. Wyoming

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone is full of iconic native trees.

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Wyoming is a beautiful state with plenty of wonderful scenery, which includes Yellowstone National Park. However, it also can produce some of the worst weather in the country when November rolls around.

Jackson is one of the coldest cities in the state and approximately two hours away from Yellowstone. Significantly, they experienced the typical drop that started with a high of 54 and ended with a high of 17 degrees. But the average high throughout the month usually delivers a high of 27.6 and a low of 6.2, producing very dangerous conditions.

Wyoming starts getting cold around the middle of November. By the time December rolls around, it is below freezing temperatures. Therefore, Wyoming is one of the states with the worst November weather.

2. North Dakota

Fargo North Dakota

Cities like Fargo can experience cold weather in November.

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North Dakota is one of the states that borders Canada, and it starts to feel the chill in November. Amazingly, this state has experienced extreme weather in the past that has seen temperatures drop to as low as -30 in November.

The typical average high in a city like Fargo is 38.1, with a low of 20.9. Last year, it was 70 degrees on November 1 and 17 on November 30, representing an amazing 53-degree drop. While North Dakota does not have extreme cold weather in November, it does start to get bad, foreshadowing what is often coming in December. It makes North Dakota one of the states with the worst weather in November.

1. Alaska

Alaska Blizzard

Alaska can see dangerous weather as early as November, making it the state with the worst weather.

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Alaska is the state with the worst November weather. At first, it can start with tame weather, by Alaska standards. But then it gets worse as the month progresses. Fairbanks experienced this last year, with a high of 37 degrees on November 13. Unfortunately, it took a turn for the worse as December got near, reaching a high of -11 degrees and a low of -26 degrees on November 29.

There are slightly warmer cities in other parts of the state, as Juneau usually averages a high of 36.8 and a low of 27.7. Regardless, the climate in Alaska retains its title as the state with the worst November weather due to the overall elements, with most cities hitting freezing temperatures by the time December arrives.

Summary Table of the States with the Worst November Weather

RankState
1.Alaska
2.North Dakota
3.Wyoming
4.Montana
5.South Dakota
6.Minnesota
7.Maine
8.Idaho
9.Wisconsin
10.Michigan

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Rob Hayek is a writer at A-Z Animals where his primary focus is on animals, sports, places, and events. Rob has been writing and researching about animals, sports, places, and events for over 10 years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Cal State University Fullerton, which he earned in 2009. A resident of California, Rob enjoys surfing and also owns a sports group which allows people from the local community to come together to play sports recreationally.

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