By Chris Shaffer

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Many southern Minnesota residents will be pulling out their snowblowers Saturday morning as a snowstorm as a November snowstorm dropped several inches of the white stuff along the Minnesota River valley and communities south of the Twin Cities.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for parts of central and southern Minnesota until early Saturday morning, including the southern part of the Twin Cities metro.

Brisk winds accompanied the storm, creating hazardous driving conditions in some areas.

WCCO Weather Watchers in Redwood Falls, Springfield and Canby have reported 4 inches of snow as of 10 p.m., while watchers in Granite Falls and Westbrook saw 3.5 inches of accumulation.

WCCO-TV meteorologist Chris Shaffer says Twin Cities residents will see relatively light snow, with those in the northern suburbs getting shutout completely. The bulk of the accumulation will be down along the Minnesota River valley.

The storm will clear out by early Saturday morning, and the sun will shine bright — but it will be a cold one. The high temperature in the Twin Cities Saturday will only be 25 degrees, and will nudge up to freezing point Sunday, with lows in the mid-teens both days. It will only reach into the teens in parts of northern Minnesota.

There is a glimmer of hope though in the extended forecast. There is a very good chance there will be a warm-up during Thanksgiving week, with temperatures reaching into the mid-40s by Wednesday.

Chris Shaffer