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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published November 12 2013

Weather Talk: Monday flurries attributed largely to lake effect snow

Lake effect snow in Fargo? When you think about lake effect snow, almost everyone thinks about areas near one of the five Great Lakes.

But this time of year, when the wind is blowing from the north, lake effect snow does come off of both Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba (and the other numerous bodies of water north of that lake). Given the right wind trajectory, the clouds and sometimes very light snow or flurries will stream off those lakes all the way to Fargo. The clouds Monday with the flurries was largely attributed to this phenomenon.

Other lakes in our area also have a brief snow effect season. Baudette, Minn., will sometimes record several inches of snow from Lake of the Woods and areas near Devils Lake and the Red Lakes will also on occasion record flurries or light snow.

These lakes will freeze over soon, putting a quick end to this, but the lake effect snows off the Great Lakes usually last the entire winter as most of those lakes never completely freeze over.


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