March is Here

March is the month when winter slowly begins to end in the Red River Valley.  The average high climbs from 29 degrees on the 1st to 46 degrees on the 31st.  It is likely that by the end of this month the snow cover from winter will be gone.

Granted, there may still be snow sitting on the ground on April 1, but usually if there is, it was from a late March snow event rather than the old snow from winter.  The average low will climb from 12 degrees to 26 degrees over the course of the month.  The overall average temperature climbs from 14.6 degrees in February to 27.8 degrees in March, and then makes the leap to 44.2 degrees in April.

The current average precipitation for the month of March is 1.30 inches of rain and melted snow.  This month averages 9.1 inches of snow but recent years have recorded quite the range from no measurable snow in 2010 to 28.1 inches in 2009.  In 2012 2.6 inches was measured.

2 thoughts on “March is Here

  1. Sunday, Marchj 3rd 5:57 PM

    I just read an update in the InForum, that John Wheeler said about the upcoming storm. We will only get 6 inches of snow in Fargo John said. Yet in this updated alert from the NWS, it states Fargo could get 12 inches or more.
    Just wondering how a TV weatherman knows more than the National Weather Service dose.

    URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND FORKS ND
    302 PM CST SUN MAR 3 2013

    …WINTER STORM ACROSS NORTH DAKOTA INTO PARTS OF WESTERN
    MINNESOTA TONIGHT THROUGH EARLY TUESDAY MORNING…

    .A SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM WILL IMPACT MUCH OF THE NORTHERN
    PLAINS TONIGHT THROUGH EARLY TUESDAY. SNOW WILL SPREAD INTO
    EASTERN NORTH DAKOTA DURING THE LATE EVENING…BECOMING HEAVY
    OVERNIGHT. SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO INTENSIFY AND SPREAD EAST
    INTO WESTERN AND CENTRAL PORTIONS OF MINNESOTA THROUGH MONDAY.

    STORM TOTALS SNOWFALL OF FROM 8 TO 12 INCHES ARE EXPECTED
    ACROSS THE WARNING AREA…WITH LOCALIZED HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE
    WHERE SNOWFALL BANDS ARE MOST PERSISTENT. AT THIS TIME THE AXIS
    OF HEAVIEST SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED ACROSS THE CANDO AND DEVILS LAKE
    AREA TO GRAND FORKS…MAYVILLE AND FARGO/MOORHEAD THEN
    SOUTHEASTWARD INTO CENTRAL MINNESOTA.

    WINDS WILL BE FROM THE SOUTH SOUTHEAST IN THE 10 TO 25 MPH RANGE
    THROUGH TONIGHT AND MONDAY… TURNING OUT OF THE NORTH MONDAY
    NIGHT INTO TUESDAY. THESE WINDS… WHEN COMBINED WITH THE FALLING
    SNOW WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES TO UNDER ONE QUARTER MILE AT TIMES.
    BETWEEN THE HEAVY SNOWFALLS AND REDUCED VISIBILITY TRAVEL WILL
    BECOME HAZARDOUS LATER TONIGHT INTO MONDAY…ESPECIALLY IN OPEN
    COUNTRY AND UNSHELTERED AREAS.

    THE SNOW WILL TAPER OFF FROM WEST TO EAST LATER ON MONDAY…YET
    TRAVEL MAY REMAIN AN ISSUE DUE TO BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.

  2. Fargo ended up with 4.6. John and I are meteorologists and have been forecasting both 25 plus years in this region. We call them as we see them. My forecast was 3-6″ in Fargo. No one gets them all right obviously. You’re only as good as your last forecast.

    Daryl Ritchison

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