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Black Friday occurs on the day after Thanksgiving; therefore, it can occur anywhere from November 23 through November 29. Below are some Black Friday climate statistics & weather history for La Crosse, WI, and Rochester, MN.

La Crosse, WI:

The following statistics comprise 48 years of data. This data was gathered at La Crosse Regional Airport. No temperature data was available in 1985.

Black Friday in La Crosse, WI
(Period of Record 1975-2022)
1991-2020 Normals
Records
Maximum Temperature
36 to 39°F
Warmest High Temperature
65°F
November 23, 2017
Coldest High Temperature
14°F
November 25, 1977
Minimum Temperature
21 to 24°F
 
Warmest Low Temperature
47°F
November 11, 2011
Coldest Low Temperature
-1°F
November 25, 1977
Average Temperature
29 to 32°F
 
Warmest Average Temperature
53.0°F
November 23, 2017
Coldest Average Temperature
6.5°F
November 25, 1977
Precipitation
0.06 to 0.07"
Wettest
0.37"
November 29, 1996
Snowfall
0.2"
Snowiest
3.0"
November 25, 2005
Snow Depth at 7 AM
1.1"
Most Snow of Ground at 7 AM
15"
November 29, 1991


The odds of having precipitation on Black Friday is 50% (24 out of 48).  There has been measurable (0.01" or greater) precipitation on 15 Black Fridays (31.3%) and trace amounts (less than 0.01") of precipitation on 9 Black Fridays (18.8%). 

It has snowed on 15 out of 48 (31.3%) Black Fridays.  Measurable snow (0.1" or greater) has fallen on 6 Black Fridays (12.5%) and trace amounts on 9 Black Fridays (18.8%).

Residents have woken up with measurable snow (1/2" or greater) on the ground 11 times (23.4%), trace amounts (less than a 1/2") 5 times (10.6%), and no snow 31 times (66%).  

Looking back at 2022 (November 25), the high temperature was 50°F (6th warmest - warmest since 2017) and the low temperature was 24°F.  No precipitation fell.  There was no snow on the ground.  The average wind speed was 7.3 mph.

Rochester, MN:

The following statistics comprise 48 years of data. This data has been gathered at Rochester International Airport.

Black Friday in Rochester, MN
(Period of Record 1975-2021)
Normals
Records
Maximum Temperature
31 to 34°F
Warmest High Temperature
62°F
November 27, 1998
Coldest High Temperature
6°F
November 29, 1985
Minimum Temperature
17 to 20°F
Warmest Low Temperature
44°F
November 25, 2011
Coldest Low Temperature
-12°F
November 25, 1977
Average Temperature
24 to 27°F
 
Warmest Average Temperature
49.0°F
November 24, 2017
Coldest Average Temperature
-1.5°F
November 25, 1977
Precipitation
0.06"
Wettest
1.60"
November 29, 1991
Snowfall
0.3"
Snowiest
2.2"
November 25, 2005
Snow Depth at 7 AM
1.3"
Most Snow of Ground at 7 AM
7"
November 29, 1991


The odds of having precipitation on Black Friday is 47.9% (23 out of 48).  There has been measurable (0.01" or greater) precipitation on 15 Black Fridays (31.3%) and trace amounts (less than 0.01") of precipitation on 8 Black Fridays (16.7%). 

It has snowed on 18 out of 48 (37.5%) Black Fridays.  Measurable snow (0.1" or greater) has fallen on 8 Black Fridays (16.7%) and trace amounts on 10 Black Fridays (20.8%).

Residents have woken up with measurable snow (1/2" or greater) on the ground 14 times (29.2%), trace amounts (less than a 1/2") 4 times (8.3%), and no snow 30 times (62.5%).  

Looking back at 2022 (November 25), the high temperature was 48°F (6th warmest and the warmest since 2017) and the low temperature was 26°F.  No precipitation fell. There was no snow on the ground.  The average wind speed was 12.2 mph.


The following weather events have occurred on Black Fridays in southeast Minnesota, northeast Iowa, and western Wisconsin:

  • In 1977 (November 25), temperatures slowly fell throughout the day. After midnight high temperatures in the 10°F to 30°F range, temperatures slowly fell the remainder of the day. Temperatures during the day were primarily in the single digits with wind chills of -10°F to -25°F. This was the coldest Black Friday on record for both La Crosse, WI (average temperature of 6.5°F) and Rochester MN (average temperature of -1.5°F). 
  • In 1991 (November 29), a strong low pressure system moved from Kansas during the morning of the 29th, across Iowa and Wisconsin, and north of Lake Superior by noon on the 30th.  A mixture of rain, freezing rain, and sleet fell across southern one-quarter of Minnesota and northwest Iowa (where 1 inch or more of ice accumulated in many areas, with up to 2 inches in some locations - numerous trees were downed and power was lost in most communities). Heavy accumulations of ice on trees and power lines knocked out power to at least 4,000 residents across the area.  Interstate 90 was ice-covered and treacherous with numerous car accidents reported.  Rochester, MN received 1.60 inches of precipitation fell (their wettest Black Friday).  At 9:30 PM, a severe thunderstorm produced a 60 mph wind gust 5 miles southeast of New Haven, IA (Mitchell County).  
  • In 1993 (November 26), Owen, WI received 6 inches of snow.
  • In 2017 (November 24), temperatures warmed into the lower and mid-60s along and south of the Interstate 94 corridor.  La Crosse WI had its warmest high (65°F)  and warmest average (53°F) temperature ever recorded on a Black Friday.  Rochester MN had its warmest average temperature (49°F) on Black Friday. 
  • In 2019 (November 29), a quarter-inch of precipitation fell at Rochester International Airport.  This made it the 3rd wettest Black Friday in Rochester.  Only 1991 (November 29 - 1.60") and 1996 (November 20 - 0.48") were wetter. 
  • In 2021 (November 26), Rochester International Airport had a low temperature of 11°F.  This was the 9th coldest low on Black Friday. La Crosse, WI had a low temperature of 15°F.  This was tied for the 8th coldest low on a Black Friday with 1978, 1983, 1992, 1993, 2000, 2007, and 2010.
  • In 2022 (November 25), high temperatures ranged from 41°F at Medford Airport to 57°F at Alma Dam 4, WI. La Crosse Regional Airport had a high temperature of 50°F. This made it the 6th warmest Black Friday and the warmest Black Friday since 2017 (65°F - warmest Black Friday). Rochester International Airport had a high temperature of 48°F.  Like La Crosse, this was their 6th warmest Black Friday and the warmest Black Friday since 2017 (62°F - 2nd warmest Black Friday).