The Twin Cities' first real snowfall of the season could be here this week


A real, honest-to-goodness snowfall is possible in the Twin Cities for the first time this season, just in time for Thanksgiving.

Travel impacts for the holiday could begin Wednesday, as patchy fog and drizzle are possible throughout much of the state. Then the chance for a white Thanksgiving increases Thursday as a cold front moves in, the National Weather Service says.

Here's a look at what the weather will be like, depending on where you're sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner:

Twin Cities

Wednesday is expected to be cloudy and mild, with temperatures in the 40s. Fog and drizzle are possible, with the chance for a wintry mix by Wednesday night, MPR News' Updraft blog says.

That's ahead of a cold front that'll move into the state before Thursday, with snow expected in southern Minnesota in the morning. An area from south central to east central Minnesota, including the Twin Cities, could pick up 1-3 inches of snow by Thursday night, the weather service says.

If that happens, it'll be the Twin Cities first measurable snowfall this year, the National Weather Service says (that's 0.1 inches or more). It would be the seventh latest date for the first snowfall, according to KSTP meteorologist Ken Barlow.

We're nearly 8 inches below average when it comes to snowfall in the Twin Cities, meteorologist Paul Douglas wrote on the Star Tribune's weather blog, noting there are "no major dumps in sight."

Things will dry out on Friday and Saturday, which are expected to be seasonably cool. There's a chance for light snow on Sunday, the weather service notes.

Southeastern MN

Widespread rain and drizzle are likely later Wednesday. That's expected to change over to a wintry mix on Thanksgiving Day and eventually transition to snow by Thursday night.

Minor snow accumulations are expected, but so is a glaze of ice, which could make travel slippery and hazardous – especially Thursday night, the National Weather Service notes.

The weekend is expected to be sunny and cool, with temperatures in the high 20s to low 30s, the service says. A few more clouds are possible Sunday, however.

Southwestern MN

Fog and drizzle is possible in parts of southwestern Minnesota Wednesday into Thursday morning, before it turns into light snow.

But it won't affect the entire area, the weather service's map above shows.

Like much of the state, the weekend is expected to be dry and cooler, with temperatures in the low 30s expected, the National Weather Service says.

Northeastern MN

Clouds are expected to roll into northeastern Minnesota Wednesday night, bringing drizzle and freezing rain to the region, the National Weather Service says.

Precipitation will change over to snow Wednesday night into Thursday, which could mean slippery roads and hazardous travel conditions through the holiday.

Northeastern Minnesota is only expected to pick up a dusting of snow, while northwestern Wisconsin could see 1-3 inches by Thursday night.

Northwestern MN

Winds are expected to increase Wednesday behind the cold front that's bringing snow to the Twin Cities area, the National Weather Service says. There's a chance for some light precipitation Wednesday, but Thanksgiving Day is expected to be dry and cool, with temperatures in the 20s.

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