About four out of every five years, we get a measurable snow during October. About one out of three years, that snow amounts to more than an inch. These statistics are averaged over any point in eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Actually, it snows a few inches somewhere in our region during October most years, but the snow swaths are usually fairly narrow and only cover a small portion of the area.
About every decade or so, there is a heavy October snowstorm in some portion of our region. Last year was one of those heavy snow years. October snow, whether it is light or heavy, is always a bit of a shock to the system, but it is not unusual in any way. Nor is it in any way an indicator of the severity of the upcoming winter.