A wintry mess Thursday, then more snow this weekend

Parts of Minnesota see temperatures 25 degrees below average by Saturday

the morning after a big snow storm
St. Paul clears the snow the morning after the first significant storm of the season.
Kathryn Styer Martinez | MPR News

A strong storm hits Minnesota Thursday with rain, sleet and areas of heavy snow. Then another round of snow and even colder temperatures move in over the weekend.

Thursday’s storm

The center of a potent weather system will slide across Iowa Thursday, keeping Minnesota on the cold side of that storm.  Ahead of that storm, there is already rain and a little freezing rain in southern Minnesota and snow through the middle of the state as of 9 a.m.

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8:28 a.m. Thursday radar
National Weather Service

Through the morning, this precipitation continues to spread across the state.  For southern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities, the precipitation will be mostly rain with isolated storms possible, and occasional freezing rain or sleet mixing in.

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Precipitation types forecast Thursday afternoon
National Weather Service

For central and northern Minnesota, the precipitation stays mostly snow, including a heavy snow corridor in central Minnesota that is likely to see 6 to 8 inches, with isolated higher amounts. 

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Snow concerns Thursday
National Weather Service

Because of the significant travel impacts expected, the places likely to see the heaviest snow are under a winter storm warning, and surrounding areas are under a winter weather advisory through early Friday morning.

Highs will be in the 30s across the entire state Thursday, making the snow a wet, heavy snow, so you should also exercise caution when doing any shoveling.

Precipitation winds down overnight Thursday and clears out Friday morning.

Weekend snow

After Thursday’s storm clears early Friday, the rest of the day turns quiet, and some sunshine could even break through in the afternoon. 

Already by Saturday afternoon, another storm starts to bring light snow across Minnesota, which lingers through much of Sunday.

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Forecast storm location Sunday afternoon
Tropical Tidbits

The current forecast brings a lighter snowfall versus recent storms, with accumulating snow most likely in southern Minnesota, ranging from trace amounts to three inches. We will update that forecast as the storm gets closer.

After that snow moves out, the weather turns quieter again, and next week looks far less active than this week has been.

Temperatures stay cold

High stay in the 30s again on Friday, which is 15 to 20 degrees below average for this time of year.

Temperatures drop even more with the weekend snow, with highs in the 20s and low 30s, and that colder weather lingers through at least early next week.

Here is the Twin Cities forecast through Tuesday:

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Twin Cities forecast through Tuesday

Slightly milder air returns the second half of next week, with highs back in the 30s and possibly 40s.  Although not as cold, that would still be chillier than average for late October.

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