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Published January 11, 2011, 08:31 AM

StormTracker Meteorologist Rob Kupec explores snow amounts across Richland and Wilkin counties

Lidgerwood, ND (WDAY TV) - If you think there is a lot of snow on the ground in the F-M area, there is even more to our south. When that snow melts, it will flow into the Red River and then head north. Stormtracker Meteorologist Rob Kupec took a trip across Richland and Wilkin counties today to see just how much snow there is.

In Breckenridge, the snow clean-up continues today as it does up and down the Red River Valley. And while the size of the snow banks looks similar, there is more snow on the ground here.

Here at the water treatment plant in Breckenridge they do the official snow measuring for the Wahpeton-Breckenridge area. In December they had 20.5 inches of snow for the month. They are already up to about a foot now in January and they're running 29 inches on the ground.

Next we went to Lidgerwood where we measured about two feet of snow. The National Weather Service Co-op observer is reporting over 30 inches of snow in the area and several of the residents that we talked to agreed that they have more snow than other locations.

“I know my wife and I live in Wyndmere and they have more snow here then they do in Wyndmere.”

“I make a lot of trips to Fargo and other place and I think we have more snow.”

Well in town the snow can add up a little bit more because it is sheltered from the wind and it can't blow it away, but even out here on the open plain, put the ruler in the ground and we are measuring about 10 inches of snow. It is this widespread snowpack and its water content in open country that concerns the weather service for spring flooding.

In Fargo-Moorhead, there are 19 inches of snow on the ground with a water content of just over 3 inches. The weather service estimates the water content of the snow in the Wahpeton area is over 4-inches.