The heartland got a hefty dose of some of the worst moods the seasons can dish out over the weekend. From heavy snow to destructive tornadoes, it was an odd mix for October.
Up to five feet of snow fell in parts of South Dakota while one of the strongest tornadoes ever recorded this late in the season hit Nebraska.
Brian Mann, of Bellevue, got caught in the crossfire on a trip to Sturgis, South Dakota. "We decided to abort the mission and come home," he said. "I was in Sturgis two months ago for the rally. It was 99-degrees."
A snow-covered hotel became home for the father-and-son travelers from Bellevue. When they finally ventured out, they found that some of the roads were closed.
"Thankfully we were behind a semi who was plowing the snow and we followed him for about 80, 90 miles," Mann said.
"Then he stopped and asked us to go around. I don't want to go around. I want you to keep going."
Power was intermittent. Grocery shopping involved a flashlight.
Back in Omaha, the city council can approve some winter preps on Tuesday in the form of $96,000 in plow equipment; $86,000 to buy 10,000 tons of sand and gravel.
Mayor Jean Stothert says city crews are gearing up for winter.
"Last week, I actually went to the city yards because I wanted to talk to the guys and see them myself," she said.
"They are getting prepared."
The mayor says 20 private contractors wll be hired to handle neighborhoods this winter. She says that's more than
have ever been used in the past.