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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
Travel hazards, delays and disruptions associated with rain, ice and snow will continue over the Central states through the balance of the Thanksgiving weekend.
The current reprieve from heavy rain across southern India will not last long with the threat for flooding downpours set to return for the final days of November.
Sandra has weakened to a tropical storm but remains on track to make landfall in western Mexico with flooding rainfall on Saturday.
Heavy thunderstorms will continue to shift northward across central South America with the greatest threat for flooding focusing on northeastern Argentina and eastern Paraguay into Saturday morning.
Several days of heavy rain will bring the potential for significant flooding from the southern Plains to the middle Mississippi Valley into early next week.
Snow and ice storms have taken aim at the Central U.S. this week, while record-setting Sandra strengthened into a major hurricane south of Mexico.
Sixty cities tied or established new record
high temperatures for the date.
Chardon, OH (1996)
A bull's eye for lake effect snow for the month
with more than 70".
New England (1921)
Heavy ice storm in New England with a buildup
of over 3 inches. Power lines downed, trees
destroyed. Damage totalled $10 million damage.