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Red River Valley winter not really all that cold

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) -- It's been a cold winter in the Red River Valley of North Dakota, but the National Weather Service says it really hasn't been all that bad.

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Data manager Mark Ewens tells the Grand Forks Herald that so far it's only the 26th-coldest winter on record for Grand Forks, and only the 46th-coldest for Fargo.

Ewens says that two-thirds of the way through winter, there's only been one real cold snap.

It has been a snowy winter, though. Grand Forks is nearly 11 inches above normal and Fargo about 30 inches above.

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