Snow removal continues after record-breaking storm

Cars and some streets are covered with heavy wet snow Sunday in Jamestown. Kathy Steiner / The Sun
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A total of 17 inches of snow fell on Jamestown this weekend, breaking the record for most snowfall in the area in the month of October. Meteorologist Bill Abeling with the National Weather Service in Bismarck said he had "never seen anything like this before."

Areas north of Stutsman County were hit harder than Jamestown, with Kingsley getting 27 inches and parts of Wells County seeing up to 30 inches of snowfall during the storm.

"This doesn't necessarily mean we will see a lot of winter snow in the future, there's no way to tell," Abeling said. "It could be one amazing winter, though. You never know."

Lt. Sid Mann, of the Jamestown Police Department, said snow removal was underway on Sunday, Oct. 13.

"Until they remove all the snow in the residential areas, all the side streets are going to have pretty deep snow until the plows go through," Mann said.


Mann said road conditions on main roads downtown and on Interstate 94 are better, and no major accidents took place over the weekend.

"Just a lot of stuck vehicles," Mann said. "The intersection of 7th Avenue Southeast and the railroad tracks will be closed for another day or two because of damage to the actual crossroad, but we don't know how it happened."

Interstate 94 reopened at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, after closing in the early afternoon on Friday, according to the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

"I haven't seen anything like this so early in the year," Mann said. "This early in the year is pretty unheard of ... we're lucky because we're used to the bad winters so we are prepared for this type of thing, but we're just not used to having to do it in October."

Jamestown's previous record for snowfall during a two-day span in the month of October was 5.2 inches in 1959. Over 17 inches fell from Friday morning to Saturday evening.

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