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Snow storm in Dakotas sets several records

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 17th, 2013

The Memorial Golf Course which runs behind Klock Field is snow and water covered, leaving both unplayable due to the recent snow storms that came through town. More snow is expected before any kind of warming trend. PHOTO BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN

BISMARCK, N.D. — Many schools in the Dakotas called off classes or started late Monday, state Capitol offices were closed all morning and the North Dakota Legislature canceled its session for the day following a record-breaking snow storm over the weekend.

As much as 1 ½ feet of snow fell in western and central North Dakota and northern South Dakota on Sunday, according to National Weather Service reports.

Snowfall records were set in the North Dakota cities of Bismarck and Fargo and the South Dakota city of Aberdeen. Fargo and Aberdeen set city records for the date, with 6.3 inches and 8 inches, respectively. Aberdeen also set a record for water equivalent, with 0.79 inches of water in the snow.

The 17.3 inches of snow that fell in Bismarck shattered records. It was the snowiest day in city history, according to the National Weather Service. The snowfall broke city records for April 14, for any day in April and for any day of the year, and also pushed the snowfall total for the month to more than 21 inches, also a record.

Meteorologist Bill Abeling said the snow prevented a few weather service employees in Bismarck from making it to work Monday, even in four-wheel drive vehicles.

“We’re still subject to the same weather effects as everyone else,” he said.

For the complete article see the 04-16-2013 issue.

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