- Associated Press - Monday, April 28, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Winterlike weather in western North Dakota on Monday kicked off Severe Summer Weather Awareness Week in the state.

The irony didn’t escape National Weather Service meteorologist Michael Mathews, though he said snow at this time of year is not unusual.

“Spring storms can certainly give North Dakota some snowfall,” he said.

The snow, and rain in other parts of the state, was the back side of a system that brought deadly weather to the central and southern U.S. over the weekend, Mathews said. In North Dakota, the weather was not severe, but up to 5 inches of snow was reported early Monday in the western part of the state. The precipitation was expected to turn to rain later Monday as the temperature warmed, but “some of the snow will stick around,” Mathews said.

Snow also was in the forecast for west, central and southeast North Dakota on Tuesday. Mathews said another 1-2 inches could fall in the west.

Parts of eastern North Dakota got an inch or more of rain on Sunday. The weather service posted flood warnings for the Red River, but only minor flooding was expected in the valley throughout the week.

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