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[View the story "Photos: October Snowstorm in Minnesota, North Dakota" on Storify]Photos: October Snowstorm in Minnesota, North DakotaPeople woke up to snowy December morning, during the first week of October.Storified by Accu Weather · Thu, Oct 04 2012 08:45:55Good morning, Grand Forks? ❄ http://pic.twitter.com/QqAEF0HWCourtney BeckwithPeople woke up to snowy December morning, during the first week of October. Moderate to heavy snow is spreading from northeastern North Dakota into northwestern Minnesota, while winds above 40-mph whip across the region.undefinedAccuweatherWelcoming our first snowstorm!!! http://pic.twitter.com/g4uOSDyMkelly jo funmakerTo fish in a snowstorm or not to fish in a snowstorm that is the question?Ryan ChudeckeTwo days ago I was evacuating my patients because of a fire. Today we have no power because of a snowstorm. I am ready for this week to be over!Stephanie RozsaHow unusual is early October snow in North Dakota ? October 3, 2012 -The spin doctors are trying to tell us that the early snow in North Dakota is "not that weird an occurrence." However, according to the Grand Forks Herald, on average, the first full inch of snow doesn't fall until Nov. 11 in Fargo and Nov. 15 in Grand Forks, N.D.They're talking about ONE inch. But this storm is expected to dump six to 12 inches - of the white stuff on the area.According to the National Weather Service, the potential exists for six to twelve inches of snow across the northern Red River Valley into northwest Minnesota. Records going back to 1940 show that, in the Red River Valley and the Devils Lake Basin, the last time the area received early measurable snow was 62 years ago, on Oct. 2, 1950. Another notable snowstorm in those areas happened on Oct. 7-8, 1985.The weather service defines measurable snow as 1 inch in depth or greater.So, depending on your interpretation of the word, an early October snowstorm may not be "weird." But it certainly is highly unusual.Whatever happened to "global warming"?http://iceagenow.info/2012/10/unusual-early-october-snow-north-dakota/Kenneth LundChristmas in October? Check out the #snow from Grand Forks, ND this AM. (H/T @TNelsonWNTV) http://pic.twitter.com/8hAWKvXL #KVOAwxJeff BeamishOnly in Fargo can it be nice out one day and snow the next. ❄ http://pic.twitter.com/oT4Gox8QRachel PondView from the DOT camera near Casselton, ND just west of Fargo. http://twitpic.com/b0xl7dDarylRitchisonHappy October 4th everyone, and welcome to Fargo. http://pic.twitter.com/VEeQt2ZgSarah KrallWhat a sight to wake up too, little snowstorm in the beginning of October. http://pic.twitter.com/hDNR6hn7Mark MacMillanThis is what roads in Grand Forks look like.. A wet snowy slushy mess. http://pic.twitter.com/xnREDpMYJohn TrierweilerSnowing in Fargo. Is is December or October?! #toosoon http://pic.twitter.com/NJSX1BncLisa BudeauNot a fun day to be outside if you're in the northern valley.. Very windy, snowy and cold. http://pic.twitter.com/lis9mVUoJohn Trierweiler
Storified by Accu Weather · Thu, Oct 04 2012 08:45:55
Throughout the United States, the greatest potential for the weather to disrupt outdoor plans and festivities on Easter Sunday exists across the Plains.
A low pressure system has begun to spread heavy rain over parts of the Southeast, bringing the risk of flooding to the area.
At least 12 are dead and three are still missing after an avalanche cascaded down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday morning.
Showers across much of Europe will make for a soggy day or two through the Easter holiday.
While Pittsburgh will start the weekend on a mild note, even warmer air is expected for Easter Sunday.
Dry weather from Easter weekend will hold through Monday in Boston for Patriots' Day and the 118th annual Boston Marathon.
Nation City, SD (1881)
79-day snow blockade lifted -- first train
Watertown, OH (1901)
April 19-21, 45 inches of snow - state record.
El Paso, TX (1971)
4" of snow -- late season record.