October 04, 2012; 12:09 AM
After an unusually warm winter last season, the 2012-2013 winter is starting with a bang across portions of the northern Plains and Upper Midwest as a powerful snowstorm takes shape.
Follow along with AccuWeather.com as we bring you the latest updates.
1:15 A.M. EDT Thursday: Rain is expected to change to snow across eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota in the next several hours. The snow can be heavy at times. Gusty winds in excess of 40-mph can also cause blowing an drifting.
1 A.M. EDT Thursday, Oct 4: The temperature in Denver is now 38 degrees after a high of 83 earlier Wednesday afternoon! The precipitous plunge included a drop of 18 degrees in 1 hour and 5 degrees in 5 minutes!
Wednesday, Oct. 3: The strengthening storm dumped 2.3 inches of snow on Billings, Mt., setting an new record snowfall for the date.
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