Here it is, the first snow of the season.
Flakes began flying – literally, there were really strong winds making it hard to see – Thursday in northern Minnesota, with snow expected to continue into Friday morning in parts of Minnesota.
The National Weather Service just announced that Duluth has seen its second-highest single day of October snow in recorded history.
Some 9.5 inches of the white stuff has fallen in the northeastern city, and just 0.5 inches more is needed for No. 1 spot.
Update 1.30 p.m.
Snow and strong winds knocked out power for a few thousand people in the northern part of the state, MPR News reports. And it made roads slippery in some places for the Friday morning commute, with police in Cloquet reporting "extremely slick" conditions.
As of 7 a.m. Friday, most of the roads in northern Minnesota were partially or completely covered in snow. By Friday afternoon things had cleared up, except for in northeastern Minnesota, where many roads were listed as completely covered in snow (pink on the map below).
By noon Friday, some areas of northeastern Minnesota had picked up more than a half-foot of snow.
According to the latest snowfall reports from the National Weather Service in Duluth, Finland has gotten 8.8 inches, Hibbing 6.5 inches, and Duluth had 4 inches. (For the latest snowfall reports statewide, click here.)
Winter weather advisories are in effect for much of the eastern half of the state until Friday afternoon, with the National Weather Service warning of potentially slippery road conditions, along with blowing and drifting snow.
The Northland could pick up 5-8 inches of snow by the time the storm moves out, with lower snow totals expected in the Twin Cities. And if you're in the "metro core," you probably won't see much snow accumulate on the ground, the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities said in its 6 a.m. forecast discussion.
Meanwhile, much of southwestern Minnesota is dealing with strong winds, but not very much snow. There's a wind advisory in effect there until Friday evening.
Tweets of the snow
Many have been sharing photos from the season's first snowfall on social media and using the hashtag #mnwx. Here's a sampling of what it looks like across the state.