DOT snowplow Spirit Lake

A view Monday night of an Iowa Department of Transportation snowplow driver clearing a snow-covered road in Spirit Lake. Winter came roaring back across Siouxland Monday, ending an extended spell of dry, unseasonably warm weather.

SIOUX CITY -- Winter made an abrupt return to Siouxland Monday night, bringing the first snowfall of the year for parts of the tri-state region and wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour.

After a mostly dry November and unseasonably warm weather, a cold front moved into the region. Monday started with mild temperatures in the low 50s but the mercury quickly dropped during the day into the teens overnight in some areas. The plummeting temps brought moisture to the area, with some areas to the north near the Minnesota border receiving an inch or more of snow.

Combined with gusting northwest winds, the blowing snow made travel hazardous. Snowplows were dispatched to the clear the slick roads.

Winter storm advisories were issued for Lyon, Osceola and Dickinson counties.  In O'Brien County, the Primghar Fire Department advised no travel due to poor driving conditions and low visibility.

In Sioux Falls, 1.2 inches fell, according to the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls. It was the 25th latest 1 inch or more official snowfall on record in South Dakota's largest city, with records dating back to 1893.

In Sioux City, the snowfall stopped around 8 p.m., with accumulations of around half an inch reported. The white stuff mostly stuck to lawns and fields.

The high winds were expected to subside after midnight. The forecast called for the sunshine to return Tuesday but conditions to remain wintry, with highs in the low 30s and lows in the teens through Friday.

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