We hope you're ready, Minnesota – snow is in the forecast for this week.
A strong, low-pressure system is expected to move northeast across the region, which will bring rain to much of the state Tuesday evening through Wednesday, the National Weather Service says.
As temperatures get colder (wind chills could drop into the 20s in the metro late Wednesday into Thursday, Paul Douglas wrote on the Star Tribune weather blog), the rain will likely mix with snow by Wednesday night, while accumulating snow could develop in the northern half of the state, the weather service notes.
A rain-snow mix is expected for much of the state, but some areas, like elevated and grassy areas in Minnesota's Arrowhead and parts of northwest Wisconsin could see snow accumulate, with 1-2 inches possible, the National Weather Service says.
The Duluth News Tribune is estimating slightly higher snowfall amounts, noting the Iron Range to the International border could pick up 2-4 inches. Strong winds, with gusts exceeding 45 mph, are also possible, the paper notes.
But there's good news for winter-weary Minnesotans out there: if snow does accumulate, temperatures will be warm enough to melt the snow within a few hours, the weather service notes. And warm ground temperatures will also keep the snow from sticking, with Douglas noting there could be some slushy conditions in the Brainerd Lakers area.
After the cooler temperatures this week (highs in the 40s are expected through Friday), there's a slight warm-up in the forecast for the weekend – highs in the 50s are likely across the state for Halloween, the National Weather Service says.
Some weather models are hinting at temperatures in the 60s next week, reports note.