Dreary, chilly, the first few flakes of snow today: Yep, it's November in Minnesota


Time to start digging in the back of the closet for a parka and in that box on the shelf for your scarf and gloves.

Don't worry. That's all the digging that you will be doing, at least in the southern part of the state.

A clipper system is sliding through the region producing scattered rain showers through the afternoon. However, air will be cold enough causing rain to change over to snow after sunset – our first bout with the flakes this season. On the MPR News Updraft blog, meteorologist Paul Hutner notes the season’s first real Alberta clipper sails through Minnesota Wednesday.

The window for snow in the Twin Cities is pretty small, with snowfall mainly coming around midnight and shortly thereafter. So accumulations in the metro will be light at best, perhaps a coating on the grassy surfaces.

An inch or three may whiten communities along and north of I-94. Cities like Pelican Rapids, Brainerd, Little Falls, Mora, north to Duluth and and east to Rice Lake, Wisconsin will likely see that much wet accumulation as the wintry mix turns all white through the overnight Wednesday.

In Duluth, WDIO notes that over the past 30 years, the first one-inch snowfall in the Twin Ports occurs on Nov. 9, putting the region just about on schedule for what's coming.

Looking ahead, you can expect the next round of rain and/or light snow on Friday before skies clear for the weekend. Temperatures are trending downward. Highs will remain below average through Sunday, mostly in the 30s and 40s.

The big chill is anticipated early next week. A large chunk of arctic air heads down from northern Canada, dropping highs to the mid-30's Monday. The models indicate temperatures won't budge out of the 20's Tuesday.

That gets a "Yikes!" from this weather guy.

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