Halloween snow? Cold enough for sure, but storm track could miss Minnesota

Kids will probably need winter jackets regardless.
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Since the historic snowstorm of Halloween 1991, Minnesotans are always wondering if or when it'll happen again. It's snowed just twice – 1995 and 1996 – on Halloween in the Twin Cities since the '91 storm, but 2019 could be added to the list. 

The National Weather Service (NWS) in the Twin Cities is calling for a "chance of light snow tonight and a chance of light rain and snow again Thursday and Thursday night, mainly over west central Wisconsin and southeast Minnesota." 


There were a couple of computer models late last week that were spinning up a snowstorm over southeast Minnesota, but those same computer models have since shifted the storm track to the south and east.  


That said, if you check AccuWeather Monday morning you'll see an imposing graphic that paints a solid chunk of Minnesota in the "heavy snow" zone for the Halloween storm. 

"Forecast models have been trending south with this system so will have to keep a close eye on future model runs," says the NWS in La Crosse. 

Here's a computer model (GFS/American) that shows snow late Monday night into Tuesday morning scraping far southeastern Minnesota, followed by the stronger Thursday storm that takes a similar track as the first wave of wintry weather. If the GIF doesn't load in your browser, click this link to see it

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Regardless, Halloween in Minnesota is destined to be cold, with high temps in the 30s and trick-or-treating conditions likely closer to the freezing mark. Snow though? It's too early to say, according to the weather service. 

We''ll keep you posted with updates to the Weather MN blog. 

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