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WeatherTalk: Snow, cold weather will come

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Historically, today is the average day of the start of continuous winter snow cover. Of course, each winter is different. Winter snowpack that does not melt until spring has happened as early as late October a few times, and there have been a few winters that have failed to produce snow cover to last even a month. Continuous snow cover often starts in November but, actually, in more than half of recorded winters in Fargo and Grand Forks, November snow has melted away at some point in early December.

To many of us, the snow-free landscape and mild temperatures seem strange in December. However, the reality is that this is something that is expected to happen in our climate every few years or so. Snow will come eventually, and cold weather, too. It is still very early in the winter and there is a very long way to go.

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