So sad that I have to mention this but for Bismarck-Mandan, there is already an early prediction for the winter of 2014-15. And it's not looking like we'll get off with a mild winter if you believe these types of predictions.

According to Firsthand Weather, Forecaster Matthew Holiday says:

The Midwest-Plains will likely be in a region that experiences brutally cold air diving south from the Arctic, but some areas will be impacted more than others, particularly eastern sections. Precipitation/snowfall could be around average, maybe even below average once you move more west. This is one of those regions that I’m a little more uncertain about and will have to watch closely as we get closer to winter.

Some are even predicting that the first snow fall can come as soon as September.

The Old Farmer's Almanac is a little more specific, saying that the coldest periods will be in late December, early to mid-January, mid- to late February, and early March.

Old Farmer's Almanac

I can say without a doubt, I am not really ready for the first snowflake or an early winter. But look on the bright side, at least they're predicting a hotter-than-usual summer

[SOURCES - Firsthand Weather, Old Farmer's Almanac]