Minot snowfall below normal, more snow coming soon

“The snow just keeps on coming this month,” said Jim Tarasenko, research specialist at the North Central Research and Extension Center, south of Minot.

Tarasenko, who records the snowfall and other weather data at the extension center each morning, said, as of Thursday morning, the total snowfall for the winter of 2012-2013 is 34.6 inches.

He said the normal snowfall for a winter at the extension center is 39.3 inches.

So far this month, he said, the total snowfall is 8.6 inches.

“This compares with our long-term average of 5.6 inches and we are only halfway through the month,” he said.

He said the moisture in the snow this month has been 0.75 of an inch, which compares with the long-term average of 0.49 of an inch.

Tarasenko said that at 8 a.m. Thursday he recorded 3 inches of snow and 0.36 of an inch of moisture at the extension center for the previous 24 hours.

There’s still a chance of snow tonight and Saturday across western and central North Dakota, with accumulations of up to 1 inch possible, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service also is forecasting a potential Alberta Clipper system to sweep across western and the central part of the state Sunday into Monday, possibly bringing snow, sleet or freezing rain.