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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published October 06 2012

Weather Talk: Thursday’s weather similar to early October 1985 storm

The messy rain turned to snow and windy weather we had on Thursday were very similar to another early storm on this date in 1985.

It was my first year as the meteorologist at WDAY. Oct. 7, 1985, brought a mix of rain and snow in Fargo-Moorhead amounting to just a trace of snow. But north of here, it was an amazing snowstorm for so early in the season. Grand Forks got 6 inches. Roseau, Minn., got 8 inches. Langdon, N.D., got 10 inches. Minot, N.D., got a foot and Velva, N.D., was buried under a whopping 17 inches of snow. Drifts in the hilly prairies of central North Dakota persisted through the winter although all the snow melted within a few days in the northern Red River Valley.

Such early October snowstorms are rare, but not so rare as to qualify as “freakish.” After all, this is twice in just 27 years.

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