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Cool weekend ahead, flurries in forecast next week

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Twin Cities forecasters are predicting spotty thunderstorms late Friday afternoon before a cooler weekend and the possibility of flurries next week as temperatures drop.

FOX 9 says Friday will be the end of our stretch in the 70s.

"Showers are likely by afternoon; a weekend clearing trend with highs close to normal," the Star Tribune's Paul Douglas said. "You remember normal, don't you?"

Normal means highs in the upper 50s or lower 60s Saturday and Sunday, par for the course in mid-October.

Douglas says it would be a great weekend to see the peaking fall colors in the northern half of Minnesota. Colors in the metro aren't expected to peak for another week.

Upcoming storms will drop cold rain in the metro Monday through Tuesday followed by a chilly week and the possibility of snow, KSTP says.

"It stays cool next week with the chance of our first freeze by the end of the week," Patrick Hammer said. "Some parts of the state may see its first snow flakes of the season."

Douglas notes the atmosphere should be cold enough for flurries in eight days.

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