October snowfall the earliest since 1977

Monday’s persistent snowfall has resulted in an unseasonable accumulation of 2-3 inches of snow in most parts of the metro area. The wintry weather that began Saturday morning marks the earliest snowfall in the Twin Cities since Oct. 10, 1977, according to National Weather Service meteorologist James McQuirter.

Snow and rain is expected to continue throughout the upcoming week. However, for those who feel unprepared for an early winter, the good news is two-fold. Substantial accumulation of snow is not expected this week, and the snow that is sticking is doing so on the grass and not on the roads.  

In addition, the winter climate is not here to stay just yet. According to McQuirter, temperatures will be cool this week, but could rise back into the 50s in the later part of October.