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‘Tis the Season

23 Oct 2017, 12:43 pm

As temperatures begin to fall in the Upper Midwest, so might something else.  That four-letter “S” word—snow, of course—may be just around the corner.  Afternoon high temperatures will struggle to make it out of the 40s.  Late night and early morning temperatures will likely dip into the 30s and in some cases, upper 20s.

With a couple of quick-moving disturbances swinging south out of Canada, the chance for precipitation will linger throughout the week.  Cloudy periods and scattered rain showers are a good bet.  However, it will certainly be cold enough in the upper levels of the atmosphere to support snow.

Northern sections of states such as Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin may notice some snowflakes mixing in with the raindrops.  This is nothing unusual, however. Late October can often include chilly temperatures and some wintry weather in the Upper Midwest.

As for accumulation, that’s where things can get tricky this time of year.  Ground temperatures are relatively warm still, so any snow that does fall will quickly melt on contact. Grassy areas and elevated surfaces have the potential for minor accumulations this week in the Upper Midwest. Roads will be damp, but manageable. Don’t worry, those snowblowers will not be needed just yet!

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Meteorologist Joe Astolfi



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