The first blizzard of the season made its way from Wyoming to South Dakota, dumping large amounts of heavy snow that impacted flights and knocked out power.
By Saturday morning, nearly 44 inches of snow had fallen northwest of Rapid City in Lead, S.D. according to NWS observer. One mile to the southwest of downtown Rapid City, S.D., a NWS employee reported 31 inches of snow.
Natrona County, Wyo., picked up 34 inches through early Saturday morning. Other locations across Wyoming saw 2 feet or more of snow as well.
As of 8:00 a.m. MDT Saturday, around 5,800 Casper, Wyo., residents are without power due to the storms.
Snow piles up on deck in South Dakota, courtesy of Twitter user JazzinOC
Heavy snow observed by State of Wyoming traffic camera along I-90 near Gillette, Wyo.
Heavy snow moving through the Midwest, courtesy of USA Today Weather
Snow bringing down trees in Casper, WY (facebook photo from Dixie McMechan) pic.twitter.com/TT8Zp0PKNP— SevereStudios (@severestudios) October 4, 2013
A change in the weather pattern will bring an extended period of dry and sunny conditions over much of the south-central United States.
SpaceX is preparing to launch another rocket into space, and as they do so, they will be monitoring the weather carefully to make sure that it does not interfere.
Residents of the southeastern United States may feel like the calendar has flipped ahead to Memorial Day with warm and muggy weather in place for the start of May.
May is picking up where April left off with record-challenging warmth surging back into the northwestern United States.
Dry days will be hard to come by in the northeastern United States for the first week of May as storm systems bring frequent rain to the region.
Torrential rain triggered flooding across southern Louisiana over the weekend, submerging streets and closing major highways.
Prichard, AL (1994)
3 students were injured while using an electric pencil sharpener at the same time lightning struck a tree just outside a window of the school.
Charleston, SC (1761)
Large tornado swept Charleston harbor when British fleet of 40 sails was at anchor. Raised waves 12' high, many vessels on beam-ends, 4 killed.
May snowstorm from New York City southwest to to Pennsylvania and south into Virginia; ground covered, severe frost in North Carolina, fruit killed.