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NOAA FORECAST: Anything is possible with Minn. winter

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The slipping and sliding during the snowy evening commute on Thursday was a clear reminder that winter is on its way, and it also served as a fitting illustration of the winter forecast predictions.

The National Oceanic at Atmospheric Administration released its regional report, which says Minnesota should see a normal winter this year -- but locals know that means anything can happen.

"A normal winter usually consists of a lot of ice and snow and a lot of subzero temperatures," Maren Beckman said. "So, I would say -- as of today -- it sure is looking a lot like winter in Minnesota."

According to NOAA, Minnesota falls into the "equal chance" category, which means there is an equal chance for above-, near- or below-normal temperatures this year.

"As we go into this winter, it doesn't look like there will be any extreme changes in the jet stream," Fox 9 meteorologist Steve Frazier said. "So, we have an equal chance of seeing storms come through."

A normal winter in Minnesota means about 45 inches of snow will fall, and that means many Minnesotans may be dreaming about warmer days near the docks of Lake Calhoun as they hibernate indoors.

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