The winter of 2012-13 is bringing more snow than last year.
But the total so far this season is much lower than the record figures reached in 2010-11 - the winter that preceded the record flooding in the region.
According to measurements at the North Central Research Extension Center just south of Minot, snowfall this winter has totaled 18.7 inches.
That's a 50% increase over the total to the end of December last year when 12.4 inches had been recorded.
But it's a far cry from the total of the previous year - 2010-11 - when there had been 47.8 inches of snow by the end of December.
The records are collected by Jim Tarasenko at the NDSU facility south of Minot.