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Extended Outlook: Warmer for Mid-December, Colder for Late December

The latest Climate Prediction Center outlooks favor warmer than normal temperatures and above normal precipitation for North Dakota and Minnesota for mid December. The outlooks then favor colder than normal temperatures over the holidays. Read More >

A winter weather system spread 2 to 6 inches of snow across much of the region from November 30th through December 1st.  A strong upper level low slowly propagated eastward, causing periodic heavier snow bands throughout the 2 day period.  Much of the accumulation occurred during the overnight hours of November 30th due to slightly cooler temperatures allowing the snow to accumulate.  Although the heavier snow bands continued into December 1st, the slightly warmer daytime temperatures caused the falling snow to mostly melt once it reached the ground. 

 

Loop of the Upper Low from November 25th through December 2nd

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Snowfall Amounts from November 30th through December 1st

 

SNOWFALL IN MINNESOTA...                                     SNOWFALL
  LOCATION (COUNTY):                                        IN INCHES
  HALSTAD (NORMAN)..............................................  7.0
  SABIN (CLAY)..................................................  5.7
  OTTERTAIL (OTTER TAIL)........................................  5.5
  BRECKENRIDGE 3SE (WILKIN).....................................  5.3
  GEORGETOWN (CLAY).............................................  5.0
  SEBEKA (WADENA)...............................................  5.0
  MOORHEAD (CLAY)...............................................  4.5
  TWIN VALLEY (NORMAN)..........................................  3.8
  ADA (NORMAN)..................................................  3.5
  LONG LOST LAKE (CLEARWATER)...................................  3.5
  MOORHEAD (CLAY)...............................................  3.2
  LAKE PARK 6S (BECKER).........................................  2.8
  PELICAN RAPIDS 6E (OTTER TAIL)................................  2.8
  DENT 5NW (OTTER TAIL).........................................  2.8
  RICHVILLE 1NW (OTTER TAIL)....................................  2.8
  ROTHSAY (WILKIN)..............................................  2.8
  TAMARC WMR (BECKER)...........................................  2.3
  TAMARAC WILDLIFE REFUGE (BECKER)..............................  2.3
  THORHULT (BELTRAMI)...........................................  1.5

SNOWFALL IN NORTH DAKOTA...                                  SNOWFALL
  LOCATION (COUNTY):                                        IN INCHES
  LIDGERWOOD (RICHLAND).........................................  5.0
  MCLEOD (RICHLAND).............................................  5.0
  ABERCROMBIE (RICHLAND)........................................  4.5
  HAVANA (SARGENT)..............................................  4.0
  MAYVILLE (TRAILL).............................................  4.0
  CASSELTON AGRONOMY FARM (CASS)................................  3.8
  FARGO 3NE (CASS)..............................................  3.8
  GRAND FORKS (GRAND FORKS).....................................  3.7
  FARGO 5SW (CASS)..............................................  3.7
  VALLEY CITY 2NW (BARNES)......................................  3.5
  GRACE CITY 3N (EDDY)..........................................  3.5
  GRAND FORKS 3SSE (GRAND FORKS)................................  3.5
  FARGO 3SSE (CASS).............................................  3.4
  WEST FARGO 4SSE (CASS)........................................  3.2
  KINDRED (CASS)................................................  3.1
  GRAND FORKS 5SW (GRAND FORKS).................................  3.0
  LISBON (RANSOM)...............................................  2.9
  OSLO 3WNW (WALSH).............................................  1.0
  PENN 6SE (RAMSEY).............................................  1.0

Visible Satellite Image with No Clouds from December 2nd (showing the Snow/No Snow Area after the storm)