(The Weather Channel) Over 17 inches of snow fell in parts of eastern North Dakota – the area’s first significant snowfall of the season – when snowstorm swept through the area this week.  The Grand Forks Air Force Base recorded a whopping 17.4 inches overnight Wednesday into Thursday with snow drifts piling up to 33 inches high, according to the National Weather Service’s Grand Forks office.

“It’s kind of unbelievable that this happened in October,” Andrew Moore, an NWS-Grand Forks meteorologist, told the Grand Forks Herald. Some 15 miles east of the base, the NWS office in Grand Forks recorded 6.1 inches of snow, 5.7 of which fell on Wednesday alone, nearly doubling their daily record snowfall amount. The previous record was when 3 inches fell in 1921. READ MORE