More snow is in the forecast – and it's not even winter yet

Some areas in Minnesota could get 3-5 inches.

Not even a week after northeastern Minnesota saw record-breaking snowfall, they're in for another storm. 

And it's not even winter yet. 

North-central and northeastern Minnesota, which are under a winter storm watch, could pick up 3-5 inches of snow Wednesday into Thursday. 

That's in addition to the nearly foot of snow some places on the North Shore got during last Friday's storm. 


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The National Weather Service said in its winter storm watch that heavy snow is possible in the area, noting rapid accumulation in a short period of time could really reduce visibility and make driving difficult.

The Arrowhead is expected to get the most snow Wednesday, but people elsewhere should be prepared for flakes too. 

The weather service says snow will spread eastward across Minnesota, dumping "several inches" of snow north of the Interstate 94 corridor. 

Here's a look at the chances people see 2-plus inches of snow Wednesday: 

There's another chance for some snow in central Minnesota on Friday, with the National Weather Service saying the forecast currently has 1-3 inches of slushy snow falling across that area.

Does early snow mean we're in for a bad winter?


The Minnesota DNR's climate journal says "an October snow is just an October snow, and has no bearing on the remainder of winter."


Why it might not be super cold this winter

This table shows the 15 snowiest falls in the Twin Cities, along with what the rest of the winter was like – and as you can see, there isn't really any correlation between a snowy fall and a rough winter. 

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