Winter is coming: 1-3 inches of snow set to hit northern MN overnight

Northern Minnesota is set for a "short but heavy" snowfall overnight.

Update: Yes, it snowed. Here's Friday morning's update.

The original story from Thursday is below.

October has barely started and Minnesota is set for its first big snowfall.

The National Weather Service in Duluth has issued an advisory about a "short period of heavy snow" hitting north central and northeastern Minnesota overnight and into Friday morning.

The NWS is predicting 1-3 inches on the ground in the morning from the Brainerd Lakes area all the way up to Kabetogama.

Ok, so by Minnesota standards that isn't huge, but it's more impressive considering that the storm system will first start off as rain and then will fall at a rate of between 1-3 inches an hour for "several hours."

Even though the warm surface temperatures will melt some of it after it falls, compaction will still leave a decent amount on the ground come the morning, the NWS says.

We believe this would be the first snow of the season in Minnesota, which would make it the earliest snow since 2012.

According to FOX 9, the first snow recorded in Minnesota last year fell on Oct. 28, and in 2014 it was Nov. 3. Four years ago the first snow fell on Sept. 25.

In the Twin Cities, the earliest 1-inch snowfall recorded happened in 1942, when it fell on Sept. 26, according to the University of Minnesota.

Forecasters have been suggesting this winter will be much colder than the last one, with Accuweather reporting a developing snowpack in early December could contribute to temperatures averaging 6-9 degrees lower than last winter, with temperatures of 20-30 below possible in northern Minnesota.

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