A potent cold front with origins in the Arctic Circle swept through the region first thing this morning, bringing unseasonably cold air to the area as well as some light snow. The snow developed just behind that front and arrived just in time for the morning commute, making for a hazardous start to the work week. While amounts were generally light, the transition from wet snow in the predawn hours to frozen, crusty, icy snow for the commute causing dozens of accidents on area roads. Most spots received an inch or so of accumulation which is not at all unusual for November, but not far from the Veterans Day record of 2.0″. Rochester registered slightly less than an inch with 0.8″ recorded at the airport.
Cold air will only linger for a couple of days under surface high pressure. With clear skies tonight, low temperatures will be near 10 degrees which is only about 10 degrees above the record low for the date. After a day in cold sunshine Tuesday, warmer air will blow back into the region, likely lingering through the remainder of the week.