Winter Weather Advisory in Effect for 35 Counties Across State

October 26, 2017 08:20 PM

After warm temps and a sunny sky Wednesday, Minnesotans may be surprised with what the weather will bring the rest of the week.

According to the National Weather Service, rain is expected to make its way to the state Thursday, turning to snow on Friday.


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The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for a portion of  Minnesota covering Thursday and Friday. The counties include Hennepin, Carver, Scott, Wright, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, Renville, Sibley, Swift, Yellow Medicine, Redwood, Brown, Nicollet, Le Sueur, Watonwan, Blue Earth, Waseca, Martin, Faribault, Douglas, Todd, Morrision, Mille Lacs, Kanabec, Pope, Stearns, Benton, Sherburne, Rice, Steel and Freeborn counties.

Accumulation of 2 or more inches is possible with wind gusts of possibly up to 60 miles per hour.

KSTP Chief Meteorologist Dave Dahl says the Twin Cities may see enough snow to cover the grass, with heavier amounts in northern Wisconsin and northeastern Minnesota.

Temperatures are expected to begin dropping as well.

Thursday is expected to see a high of 55 degrees, with temperatures dropping into the 30s that night. Dahl says temperatures will drop again Friday, struggling to get out of the 30s.

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Dahl said there is another chance for snow Sunday and Monday.

According to the National Weather Service, the first recorded measurable snowfall in the Twin Cities last winter was Nov. 18. In 2015, it was Nov. 26. For 2014, it was Nov. 10, and in 2013, it fell on Nov. 5.

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The last time the first measurable snowfall came in October was 2009, when 0.3 inches were recorded on Oct. 10.


Ben Rodgers

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