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Associated Press, Published April 15 2013

More than 17 inches of snow falls in Bismarck, shatters weather records

BISMARCK — The Sunday snowstorm that hit North Dakota shattered records in the state's capital city.

The National Weather Service says 17.3 inches of snow fell in Bismarck — the snowiest day in city history. The snowfall broke city records for April 14, for any day in April and for any day of the year, and pushed the snowfall total for the month to more than 21 inches — also a record.

The previous high mark for a one-day snowfall in Bismarck was 15.5 inches, set on March 3, 1966.

Meteorologist Bill Abeling says the snow even prevented about half a dozen weather service employees from making it to work Monday.

Hardware store owner Jeff Hinz says the storm marked a first for his business — he sold a snowblower in April.

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