Snowy Start This Fall

The fall of 2010 has had a snowy start across much of western and central North Dakota. Such a snow filled start is thanks to the atmosphere transitioning to a weather pattern that is expected during the fall and winter seasons with La Nina conditions across the eastern Pacific (click here for a detailed winter outlook). Shown below is a table for selected sites of snowfall received thus far across the area compared to the long term average for the entire fall and winter seasons. Multiple sites have already received half, if not more, of their long term snowfall average for the entire fall and winter seasons.

 Location

Snowfall Thus Far 2010

 Average Snowfall For the Entire Fall/Winter

Bismarck 

20.1 

 39.7

 Williston

 20.8

 34.1

Killdeer 

 21.9

31.0 

 Montpelier

 16.3

 38.1

New Salem 

 19.6

 41.1

 Underwood

16.8 

 34.4

 Carson

 18.5

 39.4

Dunn Center 2 SW 

 27.6

 37.0

Bottineau 

33.5 

 31.5

 Wilton

 23

 36

Minot Exp. Station 

 24.3

 39.3

Shown below is the latest snow depth map for western and central North Dakota ending December 3rd. The dark blue areas across much of the state indicate a snow depth of at least 10 inches.


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