A few days ago I asked about when we might get our first “measurable snow.” I’m not sure what day you had in your office pool but I’m guessing not many had November 6th. I’m not from here so I don’t know for sure but the first week of November seems early, even for Minnesota standards. A check of the National Weather Service website confirms my suppressions. The average high in November starts out at 50 degrees early in the month and drops to 34 by the end. The average low is around 34 early in the month and falls to 21 by the end of November. So, this weeks snowstorm isn’t “normal.” Mankato averages 5.7 inches of snow in November. We received about half of that this week.

NOAA recently released their winter prediction for this winter. “We’re likely for a wetter, snowier-than-average winter, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center. However, it may not be particularly cold. Wetter-than-average conditions are most likely…with portions of the Northern Plains, Upper Mississippi Valley, the Great Lakes and parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.”

It appears that this week’s early snowfall is a hint of what to expect this fall and winter. I supposed I’d rather have more snow and not-as-cold. Either way, prepare accordingly because it looks like more of the white stuff is headed our way this year.