Those wishing for a repeat performance of last year's winter were given a rude awakening yesterday, as Winter Storm Brutus certainly made his presence felt across the area. For most of the Bismarck/Mandan area, the storm dumped 8-10 inches of snow, reducing visibility and making travel treacherous due to snow and ice covered roads.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation and the North Dakota Highway Patrol issued a no travel advisory on Saturday afternoon. As of Sunday morning, the advisory had been lifted, although most roads in the area remain blanketed by ice and compacted snow. The National Weather Service urges motorists to drive with extreme caution, as blowing snow and slick roads could make travel dangerous.

There will be a continued chance for light snow today, but accumulations aren't expected to exceed a half-inch. Blustery winds are expected to blow at 18-22 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Wind chills are expected to drop as low as -25 tonight.