Well, chalk one up for the folks over at the Weather Service.
Mother Nature DID roar in late last night – the howling wind whipping madly through the remaining leaves in the trees.
Thankfully, there was no snow (at least none that stayed around). However, the day had a decidely different look to it – the sun angle dramatically changing the lighting.
I ran to fill up the gas tank on the Explorer and regretted not having gloves with me. Brrr.
Here’s what’s awaiting us (potentially) over the next 24-48 hours:
Winter Storm Watch
URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE –
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 237 PM CST SUN NOV 13 2005
…FIRST SIGNIFICANT SNOW POSSIBLE FOR MUCH OF MINNESOTA AND WISCONSIN… PERSONS ACROSS CENTRAL AND PARTS OF SOUTHERN MINNESOTA AND INTO WESTERN WISCONSIN SHOULD BE AWARE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF A SIGNIFICANT SNOW EVENT LATE MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY NIGHT. SINCE THIS IS THE FIRST SIGNIFICANT SNOW EVENT OF THE SEASON…WINTER WEATHER PREPARATIONS SHOULD BE MADE…SUCH AS EQUIPPING VEHICLES WITH A SHOVEL…WIND SHIELD SCRAPER…AND A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT IF TRAVEL IS PLANNED IN RURAL AREAS.
A DEEPENING AREA OF LOW PRESSURE WILL CROSS THE DAKOTAS AND MOVE INTO WESTERN MINNESOTA MONDAY NIGHT. THE LOW SHOULD CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN AS IT MOVES ACROSS SOUTHERN MINNESOTA ON TUESDAY AND INTO WISCONSIN TUESDAY EVENING. SNOW SHOULD BEGIN IN WESTERN MINNESOTA MONDAY NIGHT. THE PRECIPITATION MAY BEGIN AS RAIN IN PARTS OF SOUTHERN AND INTO CENTRAL MINNESOTA AND WESTERN WISCONSIN MONDAY NIGHT. HOWEVER…IT SHOULD CHANGE TO ALL SNOW ON TUESDAY…CONTINUING THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING. SNOW TOTALS MAY REACH 4 TO 8 INCHES.
THIS WEATHER SYSTEM SHOULD ALSO PACK STRONG WINDS WHICH MAY CAUSE FURTHER REDUCTIONS IN VISIBILITY IN BLOWING SNOW. THE WINDS SHOULD BEGIN TO CRANK UP TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND LAST INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS.
SNOW AND WINDS WILL DIMINISH IN WESTERN MINNESOTA LATE TUESDAY EVENING. STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS AND LIGHT SNOW SHOULD PERSIST THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT IN EASTERN MINNESOTA AND WESTERN WISCONSIN.