Fargo, ND (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The first snowstorm of the season has hit Eastern North Dakota's Red Rover Valley, causing travel problems and power outages.
About 6,500 people in the Fargo region were without power for a couple of hours early Thursday.
The National Weather Service reported that 3.5 inches of snow had already fallen in Grand Forks by about 8:30am.
At Fargo's Hector International Airport, winds have been sustained at 25 to 35 miles per hour, with gusts up to 45 miles per hour since Wednesday afternoon.
These winds have produced blowing snow with near-blizzard conditions at times, along with wind chills in the upper teens.
The North Dakota State Transportation Department has issued a travel alert for the region.
The chilly temperatures are a far cry from just two days ago when Tuesday's high in Fargo reached 77 degrees.
Snow accumulations from 6 to 12 inches are expected across the Northern Red River Valley into Northwest Minnesota, with the heaviest snowfall near the Canadian border where some areas could receive over a foot of snow.
The snow is expected to taper off tonight as the storm moves a bit farther into Ontario and begins to weaken.
Posted to the web by Krista Burns