Travel was shut down in North Dakota due to blizzard conditions, flakes flew in Iowa, and much of the U.S. is dealing with some cold. Winter has popped by for a visit in the beginning of October. Here's a look at the situation on Friday via the North Dakota State Patrol:
And here's a look at some of the insane snowfall totals from this storm via the National Weather Service in Bismark:
Insane. SO what happened in Iowa was nothing compared to this. But nonetheless there was some accumulating snow in part of the state. Here's a look at a DOT camera in Howard County, Iowa from Saturday morning:
This came after the first freeze of the season. Take a look at the lows in my local area from Saturday morning:
And it's not done. Temperatures will bottom out in the 30s once again Sunday morning and there is another chance for some more rain/snow showers.
Clouds will clear and temperatures will be near and below freezing Monday morning. Frost will likely be widespread.
Right now there is a big area of low pressure in the upper levels of the atmosphere and down at the surface. It will pull away, but troughiness will continue through Wednesday.
Temperatures will remain below normal during that time. There will be a little warm up at the end of the week as an upper level ridge (high pressure) moves in -
Hopefully this is just a little visit by winter and fall can resume for a little longer...