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North Dakota digs out from early snow

Michigan cautioned about snow coming

DETROIT | October 5, 2012

Residents of North Dakota were digging out Friday from an early-season snow storm pushing west across the Plains, forecasters said.

A winter storm warning has been posted for northeastern North Dakota by the National Weather Service, which forecast six to 12 inches of snow for the region, The Dickinson (N.D.) Press reported.

Grand Forks received four inches Thursday, which driving winds turned into near-whiteout conditions. In Fargo, wet heavy snow pulled down power lines, leaving 6,500 customers without electricity.

Northwest Minnesota received from 1 to 8 inches in most places, preliminary weather data Thursday afternoon revealed, while the most snow, 12 to 14 inches, fell in Badger, Minn., the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald reported.

The storm extended as far west as Denver, which got light snowfall Friday morning, the Denver Post reported.

Residents of Michigan were cautioned to be on the lookout for snow Friday, forecasters said.

Meteorologists predicted a cold front from the north could bring snow to the Upper Peninsula, but not in Detroit, where temperatures were expected to fall to 38 degrees, the Detroit Free Press reported.

For many areas of the United States, this snowfall is just the beginning.

Accuweather says a large portion of the East Coast could receive above-normal levels of snow this winter.

The Midwest, however, is projected to receive below-normal amounts of snow.

Snow is projected to come early to the Rockies, which will carry over to a wet winter in Southern California with snow in the mountains, Accuweather said.

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