The first significant snowfall of the season was a record-breaking one with as much as 17 inches falling in parts of eastern North Dakota.
The Grand Forks Air Force Base recorded 17.4 inches overnight Wednesday, Oct 10, with snow drifts piling up to 33 inches high, according to the National Weather Service’s Grand Forks office.
“It’s kind of unbelievable that this happened in October,” Andrew Moore, a NWS meteorologist told the Grand Forks Herald.
The NWS office in Grand Forks recorded 5.7 of snow on Wednesday alone, almost doubling their daily record snowfall total of 3 inches set back in 1921.
The snowfall was a further blow for farmers in the region who say it’s not normal to be dealing with so much snow so early in the season.
Snow is delaying the harvest of their crops, which was already pushed back by October rains.
“It’s very frustrating that we’re not able to keep the harvest going,” said Brian Ingulsrud, the vice president of agriculture for American Crystal Sugar Co.
“This is just another whammy on top of everything else that we’ve been dealing with,” Brad McKay, a farmer in Valley City, told KVRR.com.
“I really think out here if we can get 50 percent of what we had we’ll call it a win.”