Historic October Winter Storm Targets Northern Rockies, Plains of USA

Emergency plan activated in North Dakota amid fall snowstorm

Colorado,  Northern  State of U.S,  got more than a glimpse of winter on Thursday when heavy snow and frigid temperatures arrived in the state.

By Friday morning, some of the snow had already melted, but chilly, record-breaking temps still hovered over the Denver metro area.

Denver shattered a record low   early Friday when temps dipped to 9°. The previous record of 22° was set all the way back in 1946. Late Thursday, the Mile High City set a record low with a temperature of 13°.

Denver also just experienced the second largest 2-day temperature drop on record when temps went from 83° on Wednesday afternoon to 9° on Friday morning, according to a meteorologist.

Meanwhile,  The National Guard and other emergency resources were put on alert Friday in North Dakota amid a crippling snowstorm that is bringing high winds and drifting snow to parts of the Northern Plains.

The storm has pummeled several states. Authorities said a 20-year-old Nebraska man died Thursday night when  he lost control of his vehicle on an icy highway near Chadron, in northwestern Nebraska.

North Dakota Highway Patrol advised drivers not to travel during a snowstorm

Portions of at least two interstate highways in North Dakotoa were shut down Friday as officials warned people to stay home and avoid all non-emergency travel.

Drivers in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, the Dakotas, Colorado and Nebraska found dozens of roads closed by snow and accidents.

At least three separate crashes involving more than 20 cars  shut down northbound interstate 25  on Thursday between Monument and Castle Rock, Colorado.

The roads could remain closed until Sunday because crews will need time to clear the snow and ice once the storm passes

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