MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Following a weekend snowstorm that dumped more than 6 inches of snow on southern Minnesota, arctic air descended on the state, dropping temperatures Monday morning to below zero in the Twin Cities metro.

WCCO-TV meteorologist Matt Brickman says that as of 9 a.m., Minneapolis had an air temperature of 3 below. With winds factored in, it felt like 16 below. The last time it was that frigid in the City of Lakes was in February.

Highs are expected to climb Monday to the low teens, and more snow — yup, more snow — is in store for the evening.

The small system is expected to hit the Twin Cities between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., just in time for the evening commute. Accumulation could be up to an inch, the National Weather Service said.

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Overnight, temperatures will plunge below zero as the polar vortex settles over the state. On Tuesday, it’s expected to feel like 15 to 25 below across Minnesota, with highs struggling to reach the double digits.

The arctic cold is expected to linger for the rest of the work week. Thursday looks to be the coldest day, with highs only in the low single digits.

While the weekend promises a warm-up, it also brings a chance of significant snow for southern Minnesota – the same area that was just hit with snow last weekend.

Brickman says that early models suggest another 6 to 8 inches of snow could fall Friday and Saturday. Some communities could even see up to foot of snow.

“This winter is not messing around,” Brickman said. “It took a while, but this could be our third major snowstorm.”

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