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.
The changing of the seasons will bring beneficial rainfall to northern Brazil, a region that has experienced severe drought over the past several years.
Rain and thunderstorms will continue to cause travel delays and raise the risk of isolated flooding in parts of the northeastern United States and Atlantic Canada into the weekend.
Typhoon Haima made a second landfall in southeastern China on Friday after leaving at least 13 dead in the northern Philippines.
Damaging storms pounded the Pacific Northwest, while two powerful typhoons struck the Philippines within a four-day span.
A dramatic change to colder weather, and in some cases a taste of winter with snow, will take place into this weekend.
Orionid meteors will streak across the night sky as the shower is set to peak late this week.
Tuscaloosa, AL (1994)
Lightning struck during Alabama-Mississippi football game. 3 people were injured.
Kansas City, MO (1996)
6.5" of snow. 8 million dollars damage from downed trees and powerlines.
SW Caribbean (1998)
Tropical Storm Mitch formed. Mitch went on to lead to devastating flooding and loss of life across Central America later in the month.