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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published November 21 2012

Weather Talk: Snow on Thanksgiving not a common occurrence

The iconic image of Thanksgiving is represented by a sleigh drawn by horses ferrying a family through the woods to grandmother’s house for dinner. Of course, without snow covering the ground, that sleigh would not go very far.

Locally, even with one of the coldest climates in the lower 48 states, snow cover on Thanksgiving Day tends to be very light or nonexistent. In Fargo-Moorhead, there has been only one Thanksgiving this century with snow covering the ground, and that was two years ago when the official snow depth was 7 inches.

Prior to that year, to enjoy a true sleigh ride experience you would need to go back to Thanksgiving 1996 ,when two snowstorms left us with a snowpack of 13 inches. Other recent notable snow-covered Thanksgivings include 1993, with 12 inches on the ground (with 8 inches falling that day), and in 1985 and 1977, with more than a foot on the ground.

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