Buckle up because it looks like we are not only inching closer to winter but that it's already here and here to stay.

The National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center released their outlook for the end of October, from the 22nd through the 28th.

Based on their infographic, it looks like the Northland has a very strong chance of cooler than average temperatures. In fact, all of Minnesota for the most part has a strong chance of below average temperatures. All of Wisconsin has a strong chance for below average temperatures but not as strong as Minnesota, minus the Northland area of the state.

As for precipitation and what we can expect for the month, it looks like we will see a wet stretch. Wisconsin will see a strong chance for more precipitation than usual. Minnesota also has a strong chance of seeing more rain / snow than usual for that time span but not as strong of a chance as Wisconsin.

Either way you look at it, both Minnesota and Wisconsin are looking at strong chances for cooler-than-average temperatures and more precipitation than normal.

In mid-October, the dreaded "snow" word popped up in our forecast. This isn't super unusual considering this is the Northland but we are still going to let out a collective sigh. Ha!

This may be just the beginning, as the chance for a La Niña winter continues growing as we head into the official winter season for 2020 - 2021. As of mid-October, the chance for a La Niña winter was at 85% with a 60% chance of the event continuing into spring.

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