Minnesota Deer Opener Statistics And Forecast
Image: Deer Hunt – 1933. Courtesy: Minnesota Historical Society
Saturday is the annual Minnesota Deer Opener as hunters will be heading out into the woods in blaze orange. Do you remember last years opener, when International Falls saw 6″ of snow? Here’s more from the Minnesota Climatology Department and the MN DNR: “Minnesota’s 2018 Firearm Deer Hunting Opener is Saturday, November 3. The normal high temperature for November 3 ranges from the upper 30s across northern Minnesota to the upper 40s near the Iowa border. The average low temperature is in the 20s to low 30s. The historical probability of receiving measurable precipitation on November 3 is approximately 25%. Early November precipitation often falls as snow in the north, while rain is more likely in the south. An enduring, winter-long snow cover is typically not established until later in November, even in northern Minnesota. There has been significant snowfall on the Firearm Deer Hunting Opener in recent memory. 6.0 inches of snow fell at International Falls on the Deer Hunting Opener in 2017. In St. Cloud, a mere 0.3 inches fell, but there was a snow cover of 4 inches. The 2017 Firearm Deer Hunting Opener was cold and wintry with 30s to low 40s statewide.”
A system pushing out of the Rockies will start to bring some slight chances of rain and snow across the state by the time hunters wake up Saturday morning, but better chances of precipitation will hold off until later in the day. Temperatures will be in the 20s up north as you head out to your stands, with 30s expected across central and southern Minnesota.
Those precipitation chances will expand across most of the state as we go through Saturday, with highs ranging from around 40 up north to the mid and upper 40s in southern Minnesota. Precipitation will be mainly in the form of rain across southern Minnesota, with a mix of rain and snow possible as you head northward.
Lows will dip again into the 30s across most of the state Sunday morning with some 20s possible in northwestern parts of the state. Precipitation will still be occurring, so some changeover to all snow across northern Minnesota will be possible during the overnight and early Sunday morning hours.
Precipitation will be slow to move out of the region Sunday, working its way west to east. By Sunday evening, only eastern Minnesota will hold on to precipitation chances, but it could linger in the Arrowhead through Sunday Night into early Monday. Highs will be in the upper 30s to mid-40s across most of the state.
National Weather Forecast
On Friday, a front moving eastward will bring chances of showers and storms along the Eastern Seaboard, driving in some cooler temperatures as well. A weakening area of low pressure will bring rain to parts of the Ohio Valley as well as rain and snow in the western Great Lakes. An area of low pressure moving out of Canada will spread rain and snow across parts of the northern and central Rockies as well as the northern Plains. In the Pacific Northwest, a cold front nearing the coast will bring a round of heavy rain and higher elevation snow.
Behind the front moving eastward Friday, temperatures will be 5-10 degrees below average across the upper Midwest and Mississippi Valley. Highs will be above average across most of the west and east coast areas.
A couple areas of heavy rain will be possible into the first half of the weekend. First, some areas of the Northeast and Southeast could pick up 2-3″+ of rain due to the cold front moving through the region. Heavy precipitation will also be possible in the Pacific Northwest, with the potential of 3-4″+ of precipitation for the Cascades and Olympics.
Over a foot of snow is possible in some of the higher elevations of the Rockies over the next couple days, with 2-5″ possible in parts of North Dakota Friday into Saturday.
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