The leaves are changing colors. It's dark just after 7 p.m. And now the temperatures are dropping.
See you soon, winter.
It isn't the first time it's happened in recent weeks, but another reminder of the cold that awaits showed up on northern Minnesota's doorstep Thursday morning, with temperatures dropping into the 30s and upper 20s.
The coldest spot in the state: Hibbing, where it was a frosty 28-degree morning.
Further south in central Minnesota, temperatures dipped into the 40s, although there was a 37-degree reading out near Benson. Plenty chilly in and around the metro as the cold spot was 43 in Stillwater.
The next week will bring swings in the temperatures, with cool weather through Saturday – the high temp in the metro will struggle to hit 60 – to much warmer conditions with highs in the 70s Sunday and maybe even 80 Monday.
October arrives Tuesday, and that's right about when the "coldest air of the season" hits Minnesota, according to the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities.
"Temperatures then fall back down as the front dips south of the area with our coldest air of the season so far expected by midweek. Highs only reaching the mid 50s look possible by Wednesday/Thursday with lows in the mid 30s to low 40s," the NWS forecast discussion says.
Plenty of rain chances will accompany the swinging temperatures. Northern Minnesota has the best chance for rain Thursday night/Friday and again Saturday night/Sunday. Another storm system could bring rain and storms to southern Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin around Tuesday.
Here's the GFS model's long range simulated radar, which needs to be taken with a grain of salt. You'll notice at the end of the GIF (may not load in all browsers) that there's some blue coloring over North Dakota. That'd be snow, folks. It's possible, but it's a week away so nothing is a sure bet, and there are no signs of snow for Minnesota.
For the record, all this colder weather talk is overshadowed by the Climate Prediction Center's three-month forecast that calls for above normal temperatures October-December.
Then again, if predicting the weather two days out is difficult, there's no sure thing when discussing what might happen during the holidays.
Oh, and with October will come the constant reminders about the 1991 Halloween blizzard. Prepare yourself for many trips down memory lane, even if it's 75 and sunny for trick-or-treating.