After citizens of many cities in the north-central United States relaxed in temperatures well above normal to start the month, a breeze back to reality occurred on Thursday. In several locations, temperatures were 10 to 15 degrees lower as compared to Wednesday. This indicated temperatures went from near average to well below average.
The cold air laid the groundworks for some wintry precipitation that may be making some scratch their heads and ask themselves what season it is anyway. An area of low pressure received rain and snow showers into portions of the north-central U.S. on Friday. By Friday night, as colder air rushed southward, the rain once again mixed with and turned to snow across more of the area.
Although some cities had snow back in September, that wintry bomb was largely confined to the higher elevations. Now, larger cities such as Great Falls, Montana, and Fargo, North Dakota, felt their first snowflakes of the season.
Throughout Saturday morning, a swath extending from eastern North Dakota through northern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan was taking an early kick of winter.
As this rush of snow continues into Canada by Saturday night, a narrow swath of snow is expected to sweep into the Midwest from the northern Rockies into Sunday.
It is not out of the question for a few snowflakes to fly in Omaha, Nebraska; Des Moines, Iowa; and the northwestern areas of Chicago Saturday night toward Sunday, depending on how swiftly cold air surges in.
"Regardless of where snow may fall, the unseasonable chill is certain to impact the northern Rockies, northern Plains and Upper Midwest for much of the upcoming week, especially during the first half of the week," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski. "Cities such as Fargo and Grand Forks will record several days in a row with highs in the 30s and lower 40s and lows in the 20s, which is more in line with these cities' temperatures in early November."
With highs normally in the 50s F across much of the area, temperatures will be 15-20 degrees below average.
"As Pacific storms push across the Northwest and into the Great Plains, snow may continue to streak across the North Central states into the northern Great Lakes next week," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Mike LeSeney said.
A swath of steady snow may sweep through a portion of the Midwest, possibly into Minneapolis, by Tuesday.