FARGO — Two rounds of snow are expected in the Fargo-Moorhead area this week, with the first expected Tuesday morning, Oct. 20.

Snow is anticipated all day Tuesday, with snow likely melting on hard surfaces and accumulating on cooler, grassier surfaces, said Jim Kaiser, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks.

Kaiser said a second round of snow is expected to start Wednesday night and continue into Thursday night, with some accumulation likely.

Daytime highs in the 30s are expected all week, with colder than average temperatures expected to continue through at least the end of October, according to Kaiser.

He said a return to warmer temperatures may occur in early November, with average to above average temperatures possible.

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"The beginning of November does look like we're going to try to bounce back to normal, maybe a little above normal for the first part of November," Kaiser said.

"A lot of the guidance that we use to project that long-range forecast does suggest that a normal to above normal November is expected. That will be a nice change after this cold stretch," Kaiser added.

John Wheeler, chief meteorologist for WDAY TV, said the F-M area can expect 1-3 inches of snow Tuesday. He said Thursday's storm could be stronger, but it was too far away to predict snowfall amounts.

Wheeler said the cold weather likely to follow Thursday's storm will probably mean the snow could linger on the ground, perhaps for days.

Tuesday's snow was expected to make driving difficult in some areas and the National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for most of central, southern and northeast Minnesota, including the Twin Cities metro area, for Tuesday.

An advisory was to be in effect from 9 a.m. to midnight Tuesday for an area that included the Minnesota cities of Battle Lake, Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Henning, New York Mills, Park Rapids, and Perham.

Forecasts call for snowfall amounts possibly reaching 2-5 inches in many areas of Minnesota Tuesday, with higher amounts possible.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation encouraged motorists to check www.511mn.org before they travel to see current road conditions and view highway and snowplow cameras along their route.