Remember Ol' Man Winter? He may visit us Tuesday night

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Well, it is November now.

So maybe we shouldn't be surprised that the National Weather Service has handed us our first winter storm watch of the season.

The forecasters say a front that will stall over Minnesota and Wisconsin Tuesday may have enough cold air to drop several inches of snow that night.

The Weather Service's fine print includes the numbers 4 to 7 inches across southern and eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. But don't count on anything yet. Tuesday night is still a ways off in forecasting time, and the Weather Service says details are likely to change.

Meteorologist Paul Douglas, writing for the Star Tribune, calls it Old Man Winter firing a shot across the bow. Douglas expects a mid-week thaw with temperatures back into the 40s. He also says the chances of getting four inches or more of snow are greater in the southwest, where they're 50-60 percent. That compares to just a 20-30 percent chance of plowable snow in the Twin Cities.

A meteorologist in Duluth tells the News Tribune the Twin Ports may see a couple of inches, but adds “there’s a pretty wide spread in the (forecast) models.” So stay tuned.

The early response to the storm watch on Twitter ranged from a snowmobiler trying not to get his hopes up too high ...

... to that time-honored response to winter storms: ugh.

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