In less than a week after basking in near 80 degree weather, the Brainerd area could see snowflakes falling Wednesday night.
But don't pull out the shovels and snowblowers just yet.
There's only a 20 percent chance of snow forecasted for Wednesday, said Kurt Mayer, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Duluth, and with a low temperature of 30 degrees forecasted he doesn't expect any significant snow accumulation.
"It may stick briefly but it'll warm up during the day and melt off," Mayer said.
But before any snow falls Wednesday night rain will continue to soak the area, with a 70 percent chance forecasted by the National Weather Service.
Because streams and ditches are already full from Tuesday's rain -- Brainerd received about .32 inches as of 2 p.m. Tuesday, the DNR Forestry office in Brainerd reported -- the National Weather Service placed Crow Wing and Aitkin counties in a flash flood watch through Wednesday morning with between 1-4 more inches of rain possible.
Wednesday's high temperature is expected to be 45-50 degrees, dropping to near 30 degrees at night.
Shelly Boser, retail sales manager at Landsburg Landscape Nursery, said people can protect their flowers from frost by bringing them into the house or a garage, if possible, or covering them with a sheet.
However, people should just be prepared to let go of their flowers.
"It's just that time of year," Boser said.
The high temperature is forecasted to be about 45 degrees Thursday and 50 degrees Friday, the National Weather Service reported. The weather will turn warmer this weekend, with high temperatures of about 60 degrees on Saturday and Sunday.
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