It's the day the Twin Cities normally gets its first snowfall – so where is it?


Friday in the Twin Cities will be mostly cloudy and cool with highs in the lower to mid 40s, according to the National Weather Service.

There's nothing particularly unusual about that – maybe a tad warmer than we'd expect for the start of November – but what is significant about it is there's no snow.

In September, the Washington Post used National Oceanic and Atmospheric Data to produce a map showing the average date when different parts of the U.S. get their first snowfall.

The Twin Cities' first look at the white stuff usually comes on – yep, you guessed it, Nov. 6.

But coming off the back of three 70-degree days this week, there's been no sign of snow in the metro area this fall (we don't really count the sleety stuff that fell the other week and vanished instantly).

That said, MinnPost points out Nov. 6 is just an average, and about half the time the Twin Cities gets snow before then, and about half after, and in fact the latest date the metro got its first snowfall was Dec. 3, in 1928.

While Nov. 6 is the average, the most common dates for the first snowfall have been Nov. 7 and 8, but looking at the weather forecast it doesn't appear any is forthcoming this weekend (which is good news for the deer opener).

Citing Accuweather, MinnPost says it could be weeks before any sign of snow appears, with long range forecasts predicting a "light snowfall" on Nov. 19, and then little else until Dec. 11.

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