Winter is still several weeks away, but Mother Nature has a preview in store for the northern Plains.
Just days after rising into the 50s and 60s, snowflakes will fly across parts of North Dakota, northern Minnesota and the southern Canadian Prairie today and tonight.
There will even be enough snow to whiten the ground in many areas for a time.
For most seasoned residents, this will be nothing more than a nuisance snow typical of a weak, fast-moving "clipper system," though enough of the white stuff could fall to cause slick travel for a time.
A general swath of 1 to 2 inches is expected by early tonight across the northern and eastern part of North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.
A few locales in North Dakota could see totals reach 3 or 4 inches should the storm's full potential be realized.
Since temperatures will only be within a few degrees of freezing, snow could stick on road surfaces for a time, especially toward the beginning and end of the day, impacting some prime commute hours.
In addition, a potentially dangerous mix of sleet and freezing rain could accompany the snow across a narrow part of central North Dakota for a time.
Any amount of ice accretion can make for very hazardous driving conditions. Fortunately, if any ice does accumulate, it should melt in a rather short amount of time as temperatures increase.
This nuisance event will provide a nice primer to re-accustom area travelers to winter driving, a skill which will not go out of fashion until at least April in this part of the country.
Be sure to drive slowly in snow, especially heavy snow when visibilities can be reduced. Because of this, allow more space than normal between you and the vehicle in front of you.
An intense band of heavy rainfall will continue across South Carolina and far southeastern North Carolina into Monday, worsening the already historic flooding that is underway.
An upper-level area of low pressure will slowly track eastward across the Southwest and produce rounds of showers and thunderstorms into Wednesday.
Heavy rain continues to fall over parts of the Carolinas, exacerbating the already historic flooding.
According to the BBC, the Brague River overflowed its banks, sending water into nearby towns and cities, including Cannes.
The U.S. Coast Guard continues to search for a missing container ship and the 33 members on board after it appeared to get caught in Hurricane Joaquin near the central Bahamas late last week.
Catastrophic flooding slammed Charleston, South Carolina, and other areas across the state over the weekend.
Jacksonville, FL (1991)
A total of 2.38 inches in 6 hours caused severe flooding; over 10 inches of rain fell during the past week.
Hawaiian Islands (1999)
12 foot surf on the south shores of islands; some roads and hotels were flooded.
Famous Pumpkin Flood on Susquehanna & Delaware rivers. High stage of 22 feet at Harrisburg; wet season culminates in heavy downpours.