Hillsboro gets 3 inches Tuesday – more on the way

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Posted: Friday, October 23, 2020 6:41 am

Traill County dodged an early-season winter storm Thursday.

The possibility of 4 to 6 inches of snow turned into a maximum of 2 inches of new precipitation expected for Traill County.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for the area Tuesday before shifting warnings to the North Dakota and South Dakota border Wednesday night.

“The system was coming out of the western U.S. – not like a northwest-to-southeast system,” said Dan Riddle, meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks.

“The jet stream carried it a bit farther south than we were thinking.”

In Hillsboro, light snow began to fall at noon Thursday, while forecasts originally had the precipitation developing in the early morning and lingering throughout the day. 

Instead, snow spread across extreme southern North Dakota and west-central Minnesota, where 6 to 8 inches of snow was expected to fall.

Isolated areas were likely to receive more.

“The edge of the snow will be right around the Climax (Minn.) area and just south of Buxton,” Riddle said. “Maybe it’ll get a few miles north of there, but not much.”

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