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Helmut Schmidt, Published October 28 2012

Weekend snow nudges Fargo closer to October record

FARGO – Fargo picked up 2.2 inches of snow in the storm that moved through the region overnight Saturday into Sunday morning.

While not a big snowfall by winter standards, it was a fair spritz of snow for October and puts Fargo at 3.6 inches for the month, WDAY meteorologist Rob Kupec said Sunday.

To put that into perspective, it will only take two-tenths of an inch more of snow for Fargo to crack the top 10 snowiest Octobers.

“You’d think that living in Fargo we get these October snows, but they’re pretty rare,” Kupec said.

In fact, the average first day of measureable snow is Oct. 31 for the area, he said.

Both 1971 and 1972 had 3.8 inches of snow in October, tying them for 10th place, Kupec said.

With 8.1 inches, 1951 was the snowiest October in Fargo, Kupec said. But No. 2 on the all-time list is a little more recent, 5.4 inches of snow in 2001, he said.

Few snowfall totals were available Sunday evening from the storm. Valley City picked up 3 inches of snow, while Jamestown recorded 1 inch, Kupec said.

In Minnesota. Pelican Rapids picked up 1 inch, and Sabin 1.6 inches, but Bemidji had 3.5 to 4.5 inches (depending on where you measured), and Long Lost Lake in Clearwater County had 6 inches of snow, Kupec said.

The snow-slicked roads around Fargo-Moorhead caused several vehicles to hit the ditch in the area.

Fargo police said icy conditions played a role in two crashes involving six cars on the 12th Avenue North viaduct Saturday night.

Today’s forecast calls for a partly sunny start with highs in the mid-40s. It will change to mostly cloudy overnight, with lows in the mid-30s, the National Weather Service said.

Tuesday will be cloudy with a 40 percent chance of light rain or snow in the morning and light rain possible in the afternoon. Highs will be 50 to 55 degrees, with lows overnight in the mid-30s, the NWS said.

Halloween should be one of the nicer days of the week, with highs of 45 to 50 degrees, the NWS said. Temperatures overnight Wednesday will again drop to the mid-30s.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583