MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The first snow of the season is expected this week, and it could leave parts of Minnesota — including the metro — with a few inches of snow.
While it’s too early to give a detailed forecast, WCCO’s meteorologists say that models are currently showing that the Twin Cities could see anywhere from a trace to up to four inches of snow.
In the last 20 years, there’s only been three in which there was measurable snow in October in the Twin Cities, according to the National Weather Service.
48 hours out & still a lot of disagreement on Friday's snow totals. I tend to think we'll see less than 1" in the Twin Cities. pic.twitter.com/bnp4tRErTb
— Matt Brickman (@Matt_Brickman) October 25, 2017
WCCO meteorologist Matt Brickman says the snow will descend on Minnesota late Thursday night and linger for most of Friday. Commuters shouldn’t be surprised to see snowflakes during the morning drive to the workplace.
Because temperatures will be around freezing, the snow could change to rain in many areas. Strong winds will also play a role, with gusts expected to reach up to 35 mph, according to the National Weather Service.
— NWS Twin Cities (@NWSTwinCities) October 25, 2017
The parts of Minnesota that could see the most snow are southwestern Minnesota, the Bemidji area and the Arrowhead region. There’s currently a winter storm watch for northwester Minnesota, which could see blizzard conditions.
Looking ahead, the weekend won’t bring much of a warmup. Highs will be below-average, in the low-to-mid 40s. Lows will dip down into the 20s.
Next week, the cool weather looks to linger on.