Cold rain Friday-Sunday, watching snow chances for next week

Mixed precipitation will be possible in central and northern Minnesota.
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November will get off to a pleasant start Thursday as temps rise to around 50 degrees in southern Minnesota with cooler temps the further north you go, including some daytime highs only in the upper 30s for parts of northern Minnesota. 

But the dry start will quickly change Thursday night through the early part of next week as a series of systems move through. The first wave of energy will bring rain and a rain/snow mix Thursday night into Friday morning. 

Up to an inch of accumulating snow is possible overnight in the Detroit Lakes and Park Rapids areas in central Minnesota, according to the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks. 

Accumulating snow should be less than an inch in most places and it'll quickly melt as temperatures rebound into the 40s on Friday. No snow for the metro area is expected. 

The NWS Twin Cities says the weekend will be dreary with clouds, persistent rain and temps lingering in the 40s. It could be cold enough in central Minnesota for the rain to change over to snow or fall as a mix. Current temperature trends don't favor much accumulation. 

Here's a look at one computer model simulation between now and Sunday night.

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Beyond the weekend, a potent storm system is set to plow its way through the central United States and bring rain and storms to the east and chances for rain and snow in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes region. 

It's still too early to determine how much rain and snow will fall, or if the system will hit Minnesota or slide to the east, but it's storm that forecasters are watching closely as it could have a big impact on Tuesday's election. 

For now, rain with a possibility of mixed precipitation appears possible in the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota. Daytime highs aren't forecast to dip below 40 until Wednesday, so any precip that falls during the day Monday and Tuesday would likely be rain, although that could change depending on the timing and exact track of the storm.

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To recap: nice today, cold and wet Friday through Sunday and then all eyes on a big storm system that could impact us early next week. Stay tuned. 

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