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Published November 28, 2011, 06:17 PM

A Warmer Fall Means A Less Snowy But Colder Winter

A less snowy but chillier winter is ahead.

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV)- Pretty much everyone is enjoying the warmer than average fall, but it won't stick around for long. People running around at the dog park seemed to be happy about the warm weather.

"Typically speaking we tend to have snow on the ground by Thanksgiving, some winters we don't. This is just one of those winters," said Senior Meterologist, Dan Riddle.

One of those winters that some call a blessing.

"Oh it's great because I've got four teenagers, two which are driving, two which are trying to drive and I'm really happy with no ice on the roads," said Beth Perry of Grand Forks.

"Its safer to drive you can get to work without having to worry about getting stuck," said Susan Blake of Grand Forks.

Grand Forks residents can put away their shovels and bundle up because for now snow isn't in the forecast. Colder weather that has been bottled up in Canada has kept the moisture away.

"Colder than average weather to set in as we get to the latter half of December, signals are still showing January, February, and into the early spring to be a bit colder than average," said Riddle.

The red river has also dropped, which is a relief for most.

"Less flooding too, we've gotta think about that around here," said Perry.

Residents seem to be happy to trade a colder winter for less snow.

"We could have 3, 4, 5 months of winter and I'd be happy. It makes summer all the more beautiful," said Perry.

"So if we don't have very much snow it wouldn't hurt my feelings very much at all I just don't like shoveling," said Blake.

The winter that Grand Forks will experience this year is called a La Nina, which means colder waters from the pacific. The length of winter is unknown. It varies as the winter goes on but the cold temperatures will last well into March and possibly April.