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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 series of weather systems brought a couple rounds of heavy snowfall to the region to start the new year. A narrow band of heavy snow affected southeast North Dakota and adjacent portions of Minnesota during the early morning hours of January 2nd, with lighter snowfall elsewhere. A brief break during the afternoon hours was replaced by heavy snow across northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota by the late afternoon hours of January 2nd, which continued through the overnight hours. Increasing winds led to reduced visibility and significant drifting of snow during the early morning hours of January 3rd.
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