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A little bit of snow in the forecast for the Twin Cities, then the cold

No major storms, but some accumulating snow is possible on Tuesday night.

No major storms to talk about here, but there are a couple of chances for snow over the next few days. 

"There will be two chances of snowfall over the next several days. The first arrives tonight, and ends Monday morning," explains the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities. "The second will arrive late Tuesday, and end Wednesday morning. Tuesday night has the best possibility of receiving a few inches of snow across the Upper Midwest."

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Model runs will undoubtedly cause some adjustments in the snowfall maps the weather service releases, but as of now the NWS Twin Cities forecast discussion says "a band of 1-3 inches is possible from Alexandria, southeast toward the Twin Cities, and Eau Claire, Wisconsin" on Tuesday night. 

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Here's a look at the simulated future radar from the NAM 12KM computer model. This is reflective for Sunday through Wednesday morning. If the GIF doesn't load below, click here to see it

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Snowy Novembers haven't been very common in the Twin Cities the last decade. Just 4 inches of snow fell in November 2018, and that was after a very dry November 2017 in which just 0.6 inches of snow was recorded. 

  • 2016: 2.6 inches
  • 2015: 5.1 inches (3.8 of that on the last day of November)
  • 2014: 9.4 inches
  • 2013: 1.1 inches
  • 2012: 0.8 inches
  • 2011: 3.0 inches (all of it fell on one day)
  • 2010: 9.8 inches (7.7 inches fell on Nov. 13)

Beyond Tuesday, get ready for a polar plunge. It's going to stay cold with temperatures well below normal, and there are many signs pointing to a ridiculously cold stretch the week after next. 

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