Once the sun went down, the flakes began to fly in much of the Twin Cities metro area. After a few hours, grassy areas were coated with a few inches of the season's first snow.
Prior to the dinner hour, soaking rains visited Le Seuer County, but Mother Nature could not deter at least one New Prague farmer from getting in some last-minute work before winter descended.
"We need the moisture," Pete Dietz admitted, "but for farmers still with crops to harvest, they don't' want to see the snow coming yet."
In southwestern Minnesota, a trained spotter measured 8.5 inches of snow about 6 miles southeast of Marshall, Minn. Other snowfall reports totaled 3.5 inches near Kingston and Granite Falls.
Farther north and farther into the evening, the first accumulations began to stack up to the surprise of some like Emmelene Yuan, who had no idea she'd leave an extended workout at the Plymouth LifeTime Fitness and be greeted by snow.
"Not dressed for this!" she exclaimed.
With slushy inches piling up on picnic tables, it's probably fair to say most Minnesotans will have to say farewell to outdoor meals for a while -- but that's no problem for the hockey families at the nearby ice center.
"Little early, but fine," said Luke Horton. "I like it. It means the pond hockey season is coming around."
Steady snow has been falling across the metro since about 6:30 p.m., and it is forecasted to continue through 2 a.m. Yet, although it may be sticking to cold, grassy surfaces, it's left the roads a little sloppy.
With temperatures expected to fall overnight, it is possible that the wet roadways could become slippery if the melting snow starts to freeze. That could mean a slow morning commute in some areas, but with the sun expected to emerge on Wednesday morning, the snow isn't expected to stick around.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.
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