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Published March 23, 2011, 07:00 PM

Snow Close: Precipitation Varies Greatly in Spring Storm

Less than an inch of snow fell on Grand Forks during this latest storm, but less than 30 miles away, in Mayville and Portland, nearly 20 inches fell.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Less than an inch of snow fell on Grand Forks during this latest storm, but less than 30 miles away, in Mayville and Portland, nearly 20 inches fell.

Looking around Grand Forks, there is little to show from a storm that was predicted to bring a lot of snow. Other towns, however have some bragging rights.

Kacey Ness knew that Mayville was going to get some snow, but didn't count on the more than a foot and a half that would keep him busy Wednesday.

"Got a phone call, didn't have to come into work today. But I looked outside and I've been out here for about two hours now blowing snow," Ness said.

Ness' neighbors had snow drifts several feet high blocking in their cars. Down the street, a payloader cleared parking lots, adding onto the once shrinking piles of old snow.

Mayville may have received the lion's share of precipitation from the storm, but they were not alone.

"About twenty inches down in the Mayville area. A little farther to the south and west Fargo, six-seven inches. Kind of in that band right through the central Red River Valley. Some pretty high precipitation amounts," NWS meteorologist Mark Ewens said.

A much different scene just to the north in the Grand Forks area, where people yesterday were preparing for the powder.

"All in all it was kind of of a disappointment," Ken Dahl said.

"Looking at the radar it looked like it was going to miss us. Most of it was going to miss us," Robert Clausen said.

The National Weather Service says dry air from Canada kept the storm from moving too far north. That brought few complaints, even from those in snow removal business.

"We were expecting a big snowfall from what the weather guys said, but ended up getting probably less than an inch, but we're still out doing what we normally do," snow removal worker Tyler Rieger said.

Back in Mayville, it will take a few days to clear all the snow, but it will be one of those storms that will not be forgotten soon.

"I think I finally went to bed at about 2:30. I was listening and it was thundering and lightning, blowing snow. It's the weirdest thing Ive ever seen I guess," Ness said.

The immediate forecast sounds like mother nature won't be clearing the snow for us any time soon. Temperatures should remain below freezing until next week.

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