The Farmer's Almanac, The Old Farmer's Almanac, the NOAA Seasonal Outlook, and a La Ninã Advisory from the National Weather Service all point to a cold & snowy winter in Minnesota.

So let the game's begin! This weekend could be the first shot at accumulating snow for parts of Minnesota.

The National Weather Service says anywhere from a trace coating up to four inches of snow are possible in northern parts of the state tonight into tomorrow.

National Weather Service

Forecast Snow Possibilities This Weekend

  • Virginia: 1 to 4 inches
  • Ely: Trace to 4 inches
  • Grand Rapids: Trace to 3 inches
  • Walker: Trace to 3 inches
  • Brainerd: None to 1 inch
  • Duluth: None to 1 inch
  • Hinckley: None to 1 inch

From the National Weather Service this Morning: A low pressure system will affect the Northland on Saturday, bringing a mix of rain and snow. Snow will start late Friday night or early Saturday morning and mix with or change to rain for many places for the afternoon, switch back to snow in the evening before ending Saturday night. Some accumulating snowfall will be possible, with the greatest chances in northern Minnesota. Localized snow totals up to 4 inches will be possible, especially along the North Shore and north of the Iron Range. There is still some uncertainty on exact snowfall amounts and locations most likely to be affected. Stay tuned to the forecast for the latest details!

National Weather Service

Bundle up buttercup! (And get out the shovel if you're up north this weekend.)

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