Tumbling temperatures? First flakes of the season? No worries. I'm the one with the shiny remote control, self medicating with college football, Halloween candy and Christmas shopping lists.

The loss of swimming and fishing and loitering on the deck will soon be replaced with hockey, ice fishing and weather-bragging rights. Much of America doesn't get to enjoy very distinct seasons. We sure do.

Cold air doesn't arrive all at once; it pulses southward in waves. Today looks like autumn with a stiff northwest wind, but temperatures moderate a bit the latter half of this week.

A weekend storm may track just east of Minnesota, but cold exhaust on the backside of this cyclone drags the chilliest air of the season thus far into Minnesota. By Sunday the atmosphere will be cold enough for a few (cosmetic) snowflakes. I doubt anything will stick, but I can't rule out a little slush Up North. Plan on 40s for Halloween (no wicked weather brewing) — but models suggest we'll see more 50s and a few more 60s before November.