Wintry weather charges into Upper Midwest

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Traveler Susan Messerly returns to her car at Billings Logan International Airport in Billings, Mont., after her flight to Phoenix was canceled, as temperatures plunged below zero in Billings, Mont., Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. Forecasters said record lows were possible Wednesday morning and the cold air would linger into the weekend. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)
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Drivers tried to negotiate the slick hill on 40th Street traveling north toward the intersection with Old Cheney Road on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. The Midwest is experiencing the first icy touch of arctic air after a storm has moved into the region packing high winds, light snow and ice. Other regions and the East are expecting a dose later in the week, with temperatures forecast as much as 40 degrees below average. (AP Photo/The Journal-Star, Ted Kirk)
Workers work to complete a road project in single digit weather in downtown Williston, N.D. on Tuesday Nov. 11, 2014. Residents across the Rockies and Upper Midwest dug out from under a foot or more of snow on Tuesday, after waking up to frigid temperatures that plunged as much as 50 degrees overnight. The rest of the Midwest and the East are expecting a dose of the icy weather later this week thanks to a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)
St. Charles, Mo. native Jeff Novel smoothes out cement in downtown Williston, N.D. in single digit weather on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. Residents across the Rockies and Upper Midwest dug out from under a foot or more of snow on Tuesday, after waking up to frigid temperatures that plunged as much as 50 degrees overnight. The rest of the Midwest and the East are expecting a dose of the icy weather later this week thanks to a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)
A good Samaritan helps push a car stuck on an icy road in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. The Midwest is experiencing the first icy touch of arctic air after a storm has moved into the region packing high winds, light snow and ice. Other regions and the East are expecting a dose later in the week, with temperatures forecast as much as 40 degrees below average. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
John Smigel salutes to the grave of U.S. Army MSGT Robert W. Raiser who served in World War II after placing an American flag at the soldier's headstone at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Sheridan, Colo., on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. A powerful storm made up of the remnants of Typhoon Nuri has moved into the intermountain West, packing high winds and light snow for the region's residents to contend with during the work week. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Light snow carpets the graves of soldiers at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Sheridan, Colo., while a bouquet of flowers sits on the grave of Air Force Lt. Harvey J. Bevier, who served in Worlf War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. A powerful storm made up of the remnants of Typhoon Nuri has moved into the intermountain West, packing high winds and light snows for the region's residents to contend with on Veterans' Day. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Workers work to complete a road project in single digit weather in downtown Williston, N.D. on Tuesday Nov. 11, 2014. Residents across the Rockies and Upper Midwest dug out from under a foot or more of snow on Tuesday, after waking up to frigid temperatures that plunged as much as 50 degrees overnight. The rest of the Midwest and the East are expecting a dose of the icy weather later this week thanks to a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)
This Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 photo, provided by Lena Howland/KOAA News 5, shows tumbleweeds that blew into Pueblo West, Colo. with a cold front that came through the town on Monday. Tumbleweeds piled up around houses and shops and along roads several feet high in and around Colorado Springs and Pueblo as the system moved from north to south across the state. (AP Photo/KOAA News 5, Lena Howland)
This Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 photo, provided by Lena Howland/KOAA News 5, shows tumbleweeds that blew into Pueblo West, Colo. with a cold front that came through the town on Monday. Tumbleweeds piled up around houses and shops and along roads several feet high in and around Colorado Springs and Pueblo as the system moved from north to south across the state. (AP Photo/KOAA News 5, Lena Howland)
This Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 photo, provided by Lena Howland/KOAA News 5, shows tumbleweeds that blew into Pueblo West, Colo. with a cold front that came through the town on Monday. Tumbleweeds piled up around houses and shops and along roads several feet high in and around Colorado Springs and Pueblo as the system moved from north to south across the state. (AP Photo/KOAA News 5, Lena Howland)
This Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 photo, provided by Lena Howland/KOAA News 5, shows tumbleweeds that blew into Pueblo West, Colo. with a cold front that came through the town on Monday. Tumbleweeds piled up around houses and shops and along roads several feet high in and around Colorado Springs and Pueblo as the system moved from north to south across the state. (AP Photo/KOAA News 5, Lena Howland)
A man walks through Mears Park in downtown St. Paul, Minn., during the first snowstorm of the season on Monday, Nov.10, 2014.Though the snow will largely stop in Minnesota by Tuesday afternoon, said Joe Calderone, senior forecaster at the National Weather Service office in Chanhassen, Minnesota, the state won’t be “seeing any warm up any time soon.” (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Leila Navidi)
Children walk to school in St. Paul, Minn., during the first snowstorm of the season on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. Though the snow will largely stop in Minnesota by Tuesday afternoon, said Joe Calderone, senior forecaster at the National Weather Service office in Chanhassen, Minnesota, the state won’t be “seeing any warm up any time soon.” (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Leila Navidi)
This photo provided by the Minnesota State Patrol via Twitter shows a semi loaded with live turkeys that skidded off an interstate near Dalton, Minn., as a winter storm moved into the region, on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. The State Patrol says the driver of the semi wasn't seriously hurt when the rig slipped off Interstate 94 and overturned down an embankment. (AP Photo/Minnesota State Patrol)
A good Samaritan helps push a car stuck on an icy road in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. The Midwest is experiencing the first icy touch of arctic air after a storm has moved into the region packing high winds, light snow and ice. Other regions and the East are expecting a dose later in the week, with temperatures forecast as much as 40 degrees below average. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
St. Charles, Mo. native Jeff Novel smoothes out cement in downtown Williston, N.D. in single digit weather on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. Residents across the Rockies and Upper Midwest dug out from under a foot or more of snow on Tuesday, after waking up to frigid temperatures that plunged as much as 50 degrees overnight. The rest of the Midwest and the East are expecting a dose of the icy weather later this week thanks to a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)
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Snow falls on the Vince Lombardi statue at Lambeau Field, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. A frigid blast of air is moving into the mainland U.S. thanks to a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend. Residents in the Upper Midwest are bracing for heavy snow and temperatures plunging across numerous states. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
Typhoon Nuri on 21 August 2008 nearing Hong-Kong in the Western Pacific ocean. True-colour satellite image using MODIS data., Typhoon Nuri, Western Pacific, Asia, On 21/08/2008, True Colour Satellite Image (Photo by Planet Observer/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
Snow covers the ground as workers of Heath Firms, from Coloma, Wis., plant tulips and work on holiday decorations at Lambeau Field, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. A frigid blast of air is moving into the mainland U.S. thanks to a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend. Residents in the Upper Midwest are bracing for heavy snow and temperatures plunging across numerous states. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
Workers of Heath Firms, from Coloma, Wis., plant tulips for the spring and work on holiday decorations at Lambeau Field, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. A frigid blast of air is moving into the mainland U.S. thanks to a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend. Residents in the Upper Midwest are bracing for heavy snow and temperatures plunging across numerous states. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
Workers of Heath Firms, from Coloma, Wis., plant tulips and work on holiday decorations at Lambeau Field, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. A frigid blast of air is moving into the mainland U.S. thanks to a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend. Residents in the Upper Midwest are bracing for heavy snow and temperatures plunging across numerous states. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
Snow falls on the Curly Lambeau statue at Lambeau Field, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. A frigid blast of air is moving into the mainland U.S. thanks to a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend. Residents in the Upper Midwest are bracing for heavy snow and temperatures plunging across numerous states. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
This Nov. 5, 2014 photo provided by NASA shows a picture captured by NASA's Aqua satellite of Typhoon Nuri. Weather forecasters say an explosive storm, a remnant of Typhoon Nuri, surpassing the intensity of 2012's Superstorm Sandy is heading toward the northern Pacific Ocean and expected to pass Alaska's Aleutian Islands over the weekend. (AP Photo/NASA)
CHINA - AUGUST 22: Storm clouds cover the city of Hong Kong, China, on Friday, Aug. 22, 2008. Hong Kong closed its markets and offices as Typhoon Nuri bore down on the city with winds as high as 120 kilometers (75 miles) per hour, prompting the government to warn residents to prepare for a direct hit. (Photo by Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
CHINA - AUGUST 22: Trash is strewn on the ground by winds of an incoming typhoon in Hong Kong, China, on Friday, Aug. 22, 2008. Hong Kong closed its markets and offices as Typhoon Nuri bore down on the city with winds as high as 120 kilometers (75 miles) per hour, prompting the government to warn residents to prepare for a direct hit. (Photo by Scott Eells/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
A Police officer walks across a mini bus destroyed by fallen scaffoldings near a construction site in Hong Kong, Friday, Aug. 22, 2008. Typhoon Nuri weakened to a severe tropical storm as it landed in Hong Kong Friday, bringing strong winds and rainfall but inflicting little damage. No major destruction was reported, unlike in the Philippines, where Nuri killed seven people and triggered landslides and floods in the north. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
An arch welcoming people near Williston, N.D.'s Amtrak station is seen on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. Tuesday morning saw temperatures in the single digits and a light snowfall. (AP Photo/Josh Wood)
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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A blast of wintry weather blew across the Upper Midwest on Monday, bringing heavy snow in some areas and plunging temperatures across the region.

The frigid air was pushed in by a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend, and threatened to bury several states in snow and send temperatures as much as 40 degrees below average.

A snapshot of the storm's effects:

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WINTRY WEATHER IS HERE

The fall storm began dropping snow Sunday evening, and by Monday up to 4 inches had fallen in western South Dakota and up to 7 inches in the eastern part of the state. The heaviest band of snow was expected across the midsection of Minnesota and northern Wisconsin, with 12 inches and more forecast for parts of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

North-central Wisconsin was expected to see at least a foot of snow, with more near Lake Superior. Such an accumulation would surpass in one storm what northern Wisconsin usually gets in the entire month of November.

Snow was expected to end Tuesday, but cold air will be around for a while, said Joe Calderone, a senior forecaster for the National Weather Service.

TURKEY TROUBLE

A semi carrying a load of turkeys was an early casualty of the storm, overturning on Interstate 94 near Dalton in western Minnesota. Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Jesse Grabow says some of the turkeys were killed, but he didn't have an exact number. The truck was carrying the birds to a processing plant in Melrose.

Slick, snow-covered roads were blamed for a school bus crash Monday in eastern Wisconsin that sent the driver and an aide to a hospital. No students were hurt, WBAY-TV reported.

Snow closed some schools in Minnesota and South Dakota.

WHERE'S IT COMING FROM?

The weather is part of a powerful system being pushed in by the remnants of Typhoon Nuri that hit Alaska's Aleutian Islands. Although that storm didn't do much damage in Alaska's sparsely populated Aleutian Islands, forecasters say it's anchoring a system that will push an unseasonably frigid blast of air into the mainland U.S. and send temperatures plunging.

THE GOOD NEWS

Yes, there's good news. Sort of.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration isn't expecting a repeat of the 2013-2014 season. Federal forecasters predicted last month that this winter will be fairly average without a lot of extreme conditions such as last year's Arctic influx from the polar vortex.

That doesn't mean it won't be cold, and other private weather forecasters are predicting a slightly cooler winter than NOAA. And, a reminder: NOAA didn't predict the extreme low temperatures experienced last winter.

READY. SET. WAIT.

If you're flying in the coming days, expect delays. Delta Airlines says snow in parts of the Midwest may affect travel, including to and from Wisconsin and Minnesota. The airline recommends checking your flight status early and often.

Driving isn't recommended in general in winter storm areas, especially in some remote areas of the Northern Plains, but if you must drive, be prepared; Have a full tank of gas, an emergency kit and exercise caution on slick roads with high drifts and low visibility.

Even though South Dakota rancher Roger Weiss lives 35 miles from the nearest town, Faith - with a population of less than 450 people - and 70 miles from a grocery store, in Sturgis, he said the coming snow generally doesn't worry him.

"Roads are generally good, a lot of times they're blowed clean," Weiss said.

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