While many perhaps thought we were in the clear when it came to winter weather as the calendar turned to March...mother nature had something else in mind.
This winter blast we encountered this week dumped as much as a foot of snow on some places -- mainly north of Minot.
In the Turtle Mountains, anywhere from 8 inches to a foot was reported -- and that meant a jump in activity again at places like Johnson Sport Center.
The winter season had started to slow down...but when the skies open up late in the season like this, it means an up-tick once again in business for both pleasure seekers, and for ranchers too...
(Scott Dolbeare - Johnson Sport Center) "You see a lot more guys getting back out on the snow doing some more riding. They had been getting anxious for spring with the warm weather but the new snow gets them back in the mood for a while. The new snow also helps ATV sales. You have farmers who are starting to calve now so the extra snow brings extra sales because they need the equipment to get to the cattle and check them."
While summer is certainly a busy time in the Turtle Mountains, Dolbeare says winter and spring are usually their seasons with the highest activity.