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


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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