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Premature winter: Cold and some snow this week

More December than November ahead.

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Upper-air forecast map for 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Upper-air forecast map for 6 p.m. Wednesday.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Winter pays an early visit to Minnesota this week.

The upper-air pattern across North America resembles early December by mid-week. 

Our free helping of Canadian cold air comes with a side of light snow. Light accumulations have already fallen across north and central Minnesota. A few flakes may fly in a rainy mix as far south as the Twin Cities Monday.

Tuesday night snow

The next wave of snow arrives Tuesday night into Wednesday morning across southern Minnesota. The latest model trends favor the best chance of accumulating snow across southern Minnesota mainly south of the Twin Cities. 

The latest models suggest the Twin Cities will ride the northern fringes of the system Tuesday night. If correct, that means this map may be a bit generous for Twin Cities snowfall.

Possible snowfall accumulations Tuesday night
Possible snowfall accumulations Tuesday night
Twin Cities National Weather Service office

Winter awareness week

Perfect timing. Here’s a great summary of tips and info on winter in the Upper Midwest.

Unseasonably cold

Low-temperature records this week hover around zero in the Twin Cities. We won't get there, but it will feel more like December out there by midweek.

Temperature forecast for Minneapolis
Temperature forecast for Minneapolis
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, via Weather Bell

Stay warm, Minnesota.