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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published March 06 2013

Weather Talk: Winter snowpack may not be gone by month’s end

Cold weather in March is to be expected in the Fargo-Moorhead area. It is typical for a night or two to drop below zero during the first half of the month. And it is not unusual to go a week or two without a day above freezing.

More often than not, the winter snowpack melts away by month’s end. However, in a significant minority of years, the snow does not all go until April. Last year – the warmest March on record – the snow was gone March 11. Two years ago, in 2011, the ground was covered until April 5. In 2010, a week of heavy, wet fog melted the snow away by March 18. Back in that crazy spring of 2009, heavy rain melted the snow on March 23, but then two more snowstorms kept us covered through April 10. In 2008, the winter snow remained until March 30, although more snow fell in April.

This year, the weather pattern appears to be cool and wet, suggesting it will likely be April before we see much of what’s under the snow.


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