Just like the Alberta Clipper system that brought the flakes, our early morning snow was quickly in, quickly out. Those who were awake to see it stick didn't witness much more than a dusting.
Another similar system moves in Tuesday night and a second round of light snow is possible. We looked to 2006 to discover if October snowfall in Sioux Falls can project what winter will bring.
In the seven years leading up to now, we've seen more than an inch of October snow three times.
In '06, we had 1.6 inches in October and it turned out to be a typical season with more than 44 inches of snow.
In 2009, we picked up 3.5" of snow around harvest time. By spring, the total climbed to 57 inches.
And last winter, we received 1.1 inches in October and more than 43 inches for the season total.
But in reality, October snows are only a fraction of our yearly snow budget.
Storm tracks and temperatures are more important factors than early season snowfall for determining what the season will bring.