I did it. I used the four letter 'S' word... SNOW.

I've had my fair share of pumpkin everything, I've worn my boots, we turn our clocks back this weekend and I contemplated buying a new winter jacket. That can only mean one thing, winter is coming.

Don't get me wrong, I love winter. The cold doesn't bother me much, I think snow is beautiful, but I don't want to be out in the snow driving. That scares the daylights out of me.

I have yet to see a snow flurry this late in the year, but if everything goes as planned, we can see snow flurries late Wednesday into Thursday.

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I learned this from Danny Neal at Illinois Storm Chasers. This guy knows his stuff.

I've trusted his forecasts and real time weather updates for the Midwest more than any other person on the planet.

According to Danny Neal's post on Illinois Storm Chasers, we may be in for our first snow flurries of the season. From Danny:

Once the remnant moisture from Patricia moves out, the deepening area of low pressure to the north will send a gush of cold and windy weather our way late Wednesday. Temperatures will fall into the thirties with wind gusts exceeding thirty miles per hour. Highs on Wednesday would likely be in the fifties before dropping through the evening. This is where things get interesting…. If enough residual moisture is present, I foresee at least a period of snow flurries to occur especially near the Wisconsin border. By no means is this a winter storm or enough to stick! There could be some sticking snow much further north across Minnesota and Wisconsin, but I am intrigued by the chance that a few flurries make their way down across far Northern Illinois. It’s not a real likely scenario at this point in time, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise if you happen to be up late Wednesday/Thursday morning and see a couple of stray flurries. On the other side of the spectrum, if you’re looking for snow during that time frame you probably won’t find it. We are transitioning into that time of year where wet systems turn into frozen on the backside! A couple more interesting storm systems are showing up as we transition into November that bear watching. Stay tuned.

Are you ready for some snow? Yeah, I know... it shouldn't be much to shake a fist at, but it's coming. Winter is closer than we would like to admit.