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A brutal winter? Hardly, so far

MPR's Paul Huttner is calling out some early predictions that we'd see an especially brutal winter this year; right now the radar shows rain. And Kare 11's Sven Sundgaard steps out with a rough estimate of our chances of seeing a white Christmas: 30 percent.
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It looks like rain for the Twin Cities, but northern Minnesota might see two to four inches of snow by Thursday, according to MPR's Paul Huttner. So what happened to all those early forecasts of brutal cold and snow?

A lot can happen in 11 days, but KARE 11's Sven Sundgaard is taking a guess at our chance of snow for the holiday based on historical data and the forecasts, and he's pegging it at about 30 percent.

But wait! The Weather Service in Chanhassen says up to an inch might fall in ... west central Wisconsin. Us, we're just getting freezing drizzle for now.

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