Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Besides all the power outages, traffic wrecks and other problems being blamed on this week’s damaging storm, it also left something else behind - dirty snow.

The National Weather Service/Twin Cities reported Thursday:

“Have you noticed a tan or orange tint to the snow this morning? If so, the color is likely due to dust that was blown by high winds all the way from west Texas. Here's a satellite image from yesterday showing the blowing dust in west Texas heading NE.”

The dirt not only tinted the snow on the ground but also affected vehicles. After the snow melted, dirt streaks were noticeable on windshields, hoods, trunks and other parts of cars and trucks.

National Weather Service

News update: Emergencies have been declared in two area counties.