MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota got a pointed reminder that winter is coming, and is for all intents and purposes practically here.

In the last 24 hours, WCCO meteorologist Lisa Meadows says 3 inches of snow fell on Otsego and Newport, and St. Paul saw nearly 2 and a half inches. Other parts of the state saw at least an inch.

On Thursday, the State Patrol says it responded to nearly 250 crashes and spin-outs around the metro. And during Friday’s rush hour, stretching from 5 to 10 a.m., the State Patrol reported an additional 115 crashes around the state, 85 of them within the metro area. There were also 38 spin-outs reported during Friday morning.

Even thought the snow won’t necessarily continue, the cold definitely will for awhile yet. Meadows says that we’ll be below freezing potentially until the middle to late-middle of next week.

If you’re looking for a silver lining, Sunday could hit freezing, with a forecasted high of 32 degrees.

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