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Western ND receives snowfall, but most doesn't stick to ground

BISMARCK--Snow accumulated Tuesday for the first time this fall in southwest North Dakota. However, most of it didn't stick around. Grassy Butte and Watford City each received about 2 inches of snowfall, according to the National Weather Service ...

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BISMARCK-Snow accumulated Tuesday for the first time this fall in southwest North Dakota. However, most of it didn't stick around.

Grassy Butte and Watford City each received about 2 inches of snowfall, according to the National Weather Service in Bismarck, but much of it melted by mid-afternoon. The snow didn't stand in Dickinson long enough to measure accumulation.

Meteorologist Nathan Heinert said it's common for snow not to stick to the ground in the spring and fall due to ground temperatures being higher than they are in the winter.

"Right now in the fall the ground is cooling off but it's still above freezing," he said. "You need a really good snowfall rate to start sticking on the roads, but most accumulations will be on the grass."

No snow is expected over the next week and a half, with temperatures reaching the mid- to upper-60s later in the week.

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