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Published April 26, 2011, 01:59 PM

Hefty snow totals added up in North Dakota

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - We know it's been a snowy winter here in our part of North Dakota, but we're not the only ones who have had a rough winter. Stormtracker Meteorologist Rob Kupec takes a look at snow totals and tells us who the winners and losers were.

As the last dirty snow piles melt away, some pretty hefty snow totals are being added up in North Dakota.

Williston had there snowiest winter ever with 99.3 inches breaking a 105 year old record. Bismarck has seen there 5th snowiest winter still nearly 20 inches shy of there record. Fargo so far is in 3rd for snowfall and still 30 inches shy of a record.

The northeast part of North Dakota has not seen nearly as much snow. Grand Forks has had only 55.2 inches of snow which is above average, but far less than their record set in 1996/97. One factor why it's been so snowy here is colder water in the Pacific.

DARYL RITCHISON - Stormtracker Meteorologist: “Many La Nina’s historically with cold patterns in the Pacific Ocean temperature wise tends to attribute this area to be colder and snowier than average and that was certainly the case this year.”

So as our spring flowers come up might they get some snow on them this weekend? Many places could see snow this weekend, but measurable snow this weekend would likely be combined to the western portion of North Dakota.

Many of us would likely say better them than us. Fargo only needs about an inch and a half more snow to move up to the second snowiest winter.