Brace yourselves, heavy snow could be heading to Minnesota

This unseasonably warm fall couldn't last forever, and it looks as though Minnesota will get its first serious dose of wintry weather by the end of the week.

This unseasonably warm fall couldn't last forever, and it looks as though Minnesota will get its first serious dose of wintry weather by the end of the week.

The National Weather Service says that a snowstorm system is moving east and could pass through the state on Friday, with west-central, northern and northeastern parts of the state having the best chance of heavy snow.

There might be some in the Twin Cities too, but with temperatures slightly warmer it's likely that it'll be more of a sleet-snow mix.

Although the system could change direction between now and Friday, MPR's Updraft blog says that if it does make it here, parts of northwestern and northeastern Minnesota could be in for a serious dump.

"Yes, it’s still too early to pin down snowfall totals now but many models are cranking out early projections of one, even two feet of snow in the Red River Valley and northwest Minnesota," MPR's Paul Huttner writes.

It comes after an extended growing season in Minnesota, with the Twin Cities seeing its latest fall freeze on record when Nov. 7, came and went without the mercury touching 32.

Overnight temperatures are likely to dip below freezing Thursday night, with Accuweather forecasting that lows could hit 27, before daytime temperatures hover just above freezing on Friday and Saturday.

The incoming snow comes as the National Weather Service launches its Winter Hazard Awareness Week in the state, directing residents to the various resources that give forecasts and early warnings of hazardous weather.

You can find out more here.

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