Daryl Ritchison, Published October 14 2012
Weather Talk: Recalling some notable October snowstormsThe early October snowstorm prompted several inquiries as to the frequency of such events in the past.
An Oct. 7 snowstorm in 1985 brought a significant snow to areas just north of Fargo-Moorhead, with Grand Forks recording 6 inches, Roseau, Minn., 8 inches, Langdon, N.D., 10 inches and Velva, N.D., recording 17 inches.
Oct. 1-2, 1950, brought 3-6 inches to areas near the Canadian border in North Dakota and Minnesota. From Oct. 7-11, 1970, some parts of northern Minnesota had more than a foot of snow that even produced some road closures.
A severe blizzard struck northwestern Minnesota on Oct. 18-20, 1916. Although, Fargo only recorded a trace and Grand Forks about
2 inches, other locations east of the Red River Valley were buried under 8-12 inches of snow from that event.
And most of us are familiar with the severe blizzard that hit to our south on Oct. 16-18 in 1880 that was made famous by Laura Ingalls Wilder in her book “The Long Winter.”
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