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The snow just won't stop: Forecast calls for sunny days interspersed with more snow

FARGO, N.D. -- A flurry of big flakes temporarily turned Fargo-Moorhead into a snowglobe Thursday, April 5, serving as a prelude to another round of snow expected this weekend.

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Samantha Nies, left, and Paige Anderson walk through heavy snowfall Thursday, April 5, 2018, in downtown Fargo. The low temperature was still nine degrees above the daily record of zero set in 1881. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

FARGO, N.D. - A flurry of big flakes temporarily turned Fargo-Moorhead into a snowglobe Thursday, April 5, serving as a prelude to another round of snow expected this weekend.

Less than an inch was reported in Fargo-Moorhead. Little accumulation here was a result of snow melting as it fell for a few hours late Thursday morning into early afternoon, said Vince Godon, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

The highest snowfall total reported in the region Thursday was 2 inches in Devils Lake.

Despite morning temps of around 10 degrees in Fargo, it wasn't cold enough to break the daily record of zero degrees set in 1881. The record snowfall for Fargo on April 5 is 2.5 inches set in 1933.

Friday, April 6, is expected to be mostly sunny with a high of 20 degrees. On Saturday, the temperature is forecast to reach 27 degrees before the chance of more snow returns Sunday.

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Some areas in south central North Dakota, from Bismarck toward Aberdeen, S.D., may see over 4 inches. Predicting how much snow Fargo-Moorhead will receive is tricky because it's on the fringe of the system coming through Sunday. As a result, the metro area might not see heavy snow totals, Godon said.

The rest of next week looks to be calm and warmer with highs shy of 40 degrees. There's a potential for more snow Friday, April 13. "Of course, that doesn't sound good," Godon said, but he noted that it's not unusual to see snow in April.

"At this point last year, there was much more spring going on," he said, adding that temperatures continue rising a degree or so each day.

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