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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published December 05 2013

Weather Talk: Inch of snow has waited until Jan., come in Sept.

On Monday, Fargo-Moorhead recorded the first accumulating snow of 1 inch or greater. It was the first time the snow shovels and the snowblowers were in use this season.

The long-term average for the first inch of snow is Nov. 13. Just two years ago, the first 1-inch snow of the season held off until Dec. 30, which was the third-latest on record.

There are only two years on record when Fargo-Moorhead did not record the first inch of snow before the new year. This happened back in the winters of 1913-14, when the first inch arrived on Jan. 22, and during the winter of 1943-44, when the one-inch milestone waited until Jan. 27.

On the other extreme, the earliest one-inch snow locally was on Sept. 25, 1912, when 2 inches was measured that day.

Last year, we recorded our fourth-earliest 1-inch event on Oct. 4.

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