A scary Halloween forecast: After incoming snow, trick-or-treaters should bundle up on Tuesday

Over the weekend, as shoppers waited in a checkout line at Target in West St. Paul, talk turned to the weather.

A shopper who identified himself as new to Minnesota asked if anyone had been around for that storm in 1991.

You know the one, right?

Halloween on Tuesday will share some (but not all) of the characteristics of the infamous Halloween blizzard of 1991 that many Minnesotans — including those in line at Target on Saturday — never seem to tire of talking about, especially this time of year.

“Unfortunately, it will be one of our colder Halloweens,” says Brent Hewett, a meteorologist with the Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service. “Temperatures will be falling into the upper 20s by sunset, which means it’s probably a good idea to bring the warmer costumes out.”

Light snow is expected to begin after 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 30, 2023, according to the Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service. While the snow wraps up on the morning of Halloween, it will be cold for trick-or-treaters after the sun falls on Tuesday. (Courtesy of the Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service.)

Yes, kids, you will need to layer up this year — in part because of the incoming snow, the season’s measurable first.

“We’re expecting a pretty quick clipper tonight,” Hewett said early Monday.

The snow will pick up after 7 p.m., Hewett says, with 1 to 2 inches predicted to fall in the Twin Cities metro by Tuesday morning.

The east metro should see more of that accumulation.

“Closer to 2 inches,” says Hewett.

While Halloween will start out breezy, the winds are expected to calm by the time the sun sets just after 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Still, it will be cold.

“With windchill values in the lower 20s and air temperatures in the upper 20s, it will feel more like December than October,” Hewett says.

It doesn’t look like we’ll break any records on Halloween, though.

“The coldest high, way back in 1873, was only 26,” Hewett says.

Photos: Remembering the Halloween blizzard of 1991

Tuesday’s high is expected to reach between 30 and 35 degrees, according to the weather service, but that will be before sundown.

At least this year’s trick-or-treaters won’t have to deal with falling snow.

“It will be dry,” Hewett says. “That’s one positive.”

In West St. Paul, trick-or-treaters can stop off at Harmon Park, located at 230 Bernard St. West, to warm up at the annual Halloween bonfire. The event, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., will also include treats at the Harmon Park Neighborhood Center. Info on the city’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/cityofwsp.

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