By DJ Kayser, filling in for Douglas:
I think I'm safe to say it: We're done with snow for the month of October in the Twin Cities, as it'll be a fairly quiet week with just periods of clouds and sun. In just over the past week we've picked up 9.3 inches of snow, making it the snowiest October on record. Last year it took until Nov. 27 for that much snow to accumulate.
Temperatures have felt more like December and January recently, but we begin a warming trend Tuesday that will help bring highs into the low 50s by Halloween on Saturday — right around average. The longer-term forecast shows quiet weather for Election Day next Tuesday as well as the potential for above-average temperatures to continue into the first weekend of the Minnesota deer hunting season.
Our days continue to get darker, however. Today we lose another two minutes and 52 seconds of daylight, and we drop below 10 hours of daylight on Nov. 4.
We bottom out at 8 hours, 46 minutes, and 11 seconds on the winter solstice, Dec. 21.