Don’t fear the Halloween forecast
With a 50-50 chance of rain during the day, Halloween may not be as soggy by nightfall with a 20 percent chance of rain before 1 a.m.
The high Thursday is expected to reach 44 degrees and stay above freezing overnight. A slight chance of snow arrives with Friday, before a weekend warmup and a break from clouds and rain.
This Halloween should be a far cry from the one that lives in infamy. In 1991, the legendary Halloween blizzard is one of those events where Minnesotans can remember where they were. The Minnesota Climatology Working Group noted people expected a storm but no one expected a blizzard. They anticipated rain. In the Twin Cities, the blizzard came a day after posting a high temp of 65 degrees. By the following day, the high only reached 32.
Snow piled up on Halloween and the storm continued until Nov. 3, closing 1,700 schools and businesses in the state. On Nov. 2, 1991, a blizzard warning was issued for much of Minnesota. The storm dropped 28.4 inches in the Twin Cities. Duluth wound up with 36.9 inches when it was all said and done. The highest snow totals were in the eastern part of the state. The National Weather Service storm totals for the four-day storm in the lakes area included 11 inches in Brainerd, 14 inches in Remer, 9 inches in Pine River, 7.1 inches in Cass Lake, 7 inches in Walker. Farther east Aitkin County had 12 to 24 inches of snow.
But this year the warmer temperatures aren’t gone just yet. Sunday the high may reach 45 degrees under sunny skies and on Monday the temperatures could push 50 degrees. So if the yard work isn’t done yet, there’s still time.