Photos: October Snowstorm in Minnesota, North Dakota

By Grace Muller, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
October 07, 2012; 6:28 AM
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Photos: October Snowstorm in Minnesota, North Dakota

People woke up to snowy December morning, during the first week of October.

Storified by Accu Weather · Thu, Oct 04 2012 08:45:55

Good morning, Grand Forks? ❄ http://pic.twitter.com/QqAEF0HWCourtney Beckwith
People 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.
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Welcoming our first snowstorm!!! http://pic.twitter.com/g4uOSDyMkelly jo funmaker
To fish in a snowstorm or not to fish in a snowstorm that is the question?Ryan Chudecke
Two 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 Rozsa
How 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 Lund
Christmas in October? Check out the #snow from Grand Forks, ND this AM. (H/T @TNelsonWNTV) http://pic.twitter.com/8hAWKvXL #KVOAwxJeff Beamish
Only in Fargo can it be nice out one day and snow the next. ❄ http://pic.twitter.com/oT4Gox8QRachel Pond
View from the DOT camera near Casselton, ND just west of Fargo. http://twitpic.com/b0xl7dDarylRitchison
Happy October 4th everyone, and welcome to Fargo. http://pic.twitter.com/VEeQt2ZgSarah Krall
What a sight to wake up too, little snowstorm in the beginning of October. http://pic.twitter.com/hDNR6hn7Mark MacMillan
This is what roads in Grand Forks look like.. A wet snowy slushy mess. http://pic.twitter.com/xnREDpMYJohn Trierweiler
Snowing in Fargo. Is is December or October?! #toosoon http://pic.twitter.com/NJSX1BncLisa Budeau
Not a fun day to be outside if you're in the northern valley.. Very windy, snowy and cold. http://pic.twitter.com/lis9mVUoJohn Trierweiler

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