Snowfall in Fargo is below average so far this winter

This winter has been a dry one so far as the reporting station at Hector International Airport in Fargo is showing below average snowfall so far for the winter season.

This graph shows the cumulative snowfall the Fargo area has received since the first snowfall compared to a typical winter. As of March 15th, 33.7 inches of snow has fallen. This is about 9 inches below the 42.6 inches of snowfall that normally falls to this point in winter. This is about 80% of where Fargo should be at this point in the winter.

Fargo has fared well with snowfall in the last 4 weeks. A few storm systems have moved through giving us enough snow to put us closer to average. On February 15, we were about 16" below normal, compared to the 9" below normal we are as of March 15. At that point we had only received 52% of the normal snowfall amount.

The winter of 2017-2018 has produced long dry spells with numerous days with clear skies. These usually accompanied periods of frigid air, especially in late January and early February. If the winter ends with snowfall amounts below normal, this will be the third year in a row Fargo has seen below normal snowfall.