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There's nearly 2 inches of snow in northern MN – and the Twin Cities could get some

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It's the first snow of the season – and there was enough for the season's first snowman too.

Light snow and flurries were reported in several communities throughout northern Minnesota Wednesday morning, and as temperatures continue to drop throughout the day, the chance for snow flurries will increase in central and southern Minnesota by the evening, the National Weather Service says.

The Twin Cities and southern Minnesota could see some flurries later Wednesday, when another bout of wet weather moves through the region, MinnyApple notes.

But little to no snow accumulation is expected, with less than a half-inch expected to build up on mainly grassy areas and unpaved roads, the weather service notes.

Strong winds, with gusts 33-45 mph, and falling temperatures with wind chills in the 20s have accompanied the cold front that is making its way across the state, the weather service

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Those winds, combined with the snow, could reduce visibility at times, the weather service noted in its hazardous weather outlook for portions of central and southern Minnesota.

When do we usually see snow?

Does it seem too early for snow? Well, the Twin Cities typically see its first 1-inch snowfall on Nov. 18, with the earliest recorded 1-inch snowfall coming on Sept. 26, 1942, according to the Minnesota Climatology Working Group.

Here's a look at the average date of the first "measurable" snowfall across the state:

But there’s some good news for winter-weary Minnesotans. El Niño in the Pacific could mean less snow for the state this season – previously strong El Niño winters have brought between 35-40 inches of snow to Minnesota, compared to the average of 47 inches, KARE 11 reported.

More wet weather ahead

Many central Minnesota communities have already picked up more than an inch of rain with this storm, the weather service tweeted.

And the wet weather is expected to continue through Thursday morning, with another chance of rain late Friday and again on Saturday.

But don't worry – trick-or-treaters should be able to keep their costumes dry. In the Twin Cities, the National Weather Service forecast says there's a 30 percent chance of rain before 8 p.m. Saturday, with a low temperature of 42.

Some weather models are hinting at temperatures in the 60s next week.

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