One year ago today, the Twin Cities woke up to 3 inches of snow on the ground, St. Cloud woke up to 7 inches. At this time last year, some of us had already had our first attempt at plowing and shoveling for the season.

We're off to a bit of a slow start this year. Despite being nearly 3.5 inches below average snowfall so far this season in the Twin Cities, we may be able to cut into that deficit a little heading into the second half of November as the weather pattern looks to remain active and temperatures begin to drop. Keep in mind that we typically average a little more than 9 inches of snow in the Twin Cities during the month of November. However, I am certainly not complaining about the lack of snow on the ground right now.

Enjoy memories of mid-October today as temperatures rise into the mid to upper 50s — nearly 15-20 degrees above average. A steadier rain moves in early/mid week with a few rumbles of thunder possible Tuesday. We may chill down enough for a few wet flakes late week, but no worries, we'll stay shovel-free.

Todd Nelson