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Winter Outlook 2017-18

The outlook for Winter 2017-18 has been released. Overall, the odds tilt slightly toward colder than average temperatures and wetter than average conditions for eastern ND and northwest and west central MN. Drought conditions in the western Dakotas are likely to remain nearly the same over the winter. Read More >


A major winter storm system struck the Northern Plains beginning during the late afternoon of Monday, December 5th and continuing through midweek. Heavy snow moved into portions of northeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota during the late afternoon and early evening and continued through Monday night. The snow decreased in intensity during the day on Tuesday but winds increased significantly. This created blizzard conditions for much of the area Tuesday and into Tuesday night. Even with southeastern North Dakota and west central Minnesota receiving less snow than locations further north, the winds brought white-out conditions and travel difficulties to large portions of the region.  Winds decreased for a while Wednesday morning but conditions deteriorated again by the afternoon across the Devils Lake Basin.


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