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Winter is coming: Minnesota could see a few snowflakes this week

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Snow lovers, rejoice – the first flakes of the season are possible this week, the National Weather Service says.

A strong, low-pressure system is expected to settle in over the state, increasing the chance of precipitation across Minnesota by the middle of the week.

Mainly rain is expected, the weather service says, but cold air moving in from the northwest could change the rain to snow Wednesday night into Thursday.

Some spots could see a dusting by Thursday morning as temperatures get down into the low 30s in much of the state (see map below), the National Weather Service notes.

Temperatures are expected to climb to near 60 degrees in the Twin Cities Monday, before cooler weather sets in, AccuWeather notes.

"Two storms, one from Texas and one from the Rockies, will combine over the Great Lakes by midweek and send precipitation to the Minneapolis area," AccuWeather Meteorologist Maggie Samuhel says.

The high temperature Tuesday will be in the lower 50s to lower 60s across the state. Wednesday, expect highs in the mid-40s, with highs in the lower 40s to lower 50s expected Thursday across the state. (For your city's forecast, click here.)

When do we usually see snow?

Although this week's potential for flakes will be just a dusting, if anything, the time Minnesota usually sees its first real snowfall is fast approaching.

On average, the Twin Cities gets its first one-inch snowfall on Nov. 18. The earliest one-inch snow came on Sept. 26, 1942, while the latest was Jan. 9, 1945, according to the Minnesota Climatology Working Group.

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

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