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Published February 20, 2012, 08:43 PM

Region Blanketed in White After First Major Snowfall Since December

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - It's finally looking more like a typical February as most of the Red River Valley gets new coat of snow.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - It's finally looking more like a typical February as most of the Red River Valley gets new coat of snow.

The last major snow fall in Grand Forks was just before New Year's.

It's gone from quite brown to bright white. And on Monday, the snow was coming fast, heavy and wet.

This is Viola Smith's second winter in North Dakota. She says it's been nice to get a break from what she is used to.

"Born and raised in Alaska. And I've seen snow, a lot of snow. So it's been nice for me," Smith said.

Smith is feeling a little more at home today as Grand Forks could get up to six inches of the white stuff.

What started as flurries in the morning changed into big flakes by the afternoon. With temperatures in the low to mid 30s, most of them melted when they hit the ground.

"Black top surfaces will absorb enough solar radiation and if we don't get a snowfall fast enough, quick enough, we will just keep melting that snow as it falls," National Weather Service forecaster Jim Kaiser said.

Kaiser says when the sun goes down, the snow will really start to collect.

"The question will be kind of the uncertainty when you do get this temperature is how much it is going to accumulate," Kaiser said.

So far this year is in the top ten of least amount snowfall on record. Kaiser says snow amounts from this system will likely take this year off that list. That's not making too many people unhappy.

"I've spent a good portion of this winter in India. I'm happy to see the snow," Delray Meier said.

And for Alaska native Viola Smith, who says she has seen 12 feet of snow some winters, the white is welcome.

"Not depressing, I like it. Hardly any snow," Smith said.

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