MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – We ended January with a stretch of extreme cold, and we’re starting February with a one-two punch of freezing rain followed by light, fluffy snow.

WCCO Meteorologist Chris Shaffer says more snow is on the way, as well as a temperature drop.

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Southern Minnesota got the brunt of the accumulation Tuesday, with an average of 10 inches in cities like Red Wing, Northfield and Maiden Rock. Faribault got more than 11 inches. Places like Minneapolis, Bloomington, Anoka and St. Cloud racked up about 3-and-a-half inches by late Tuesday.

Most of the state will have double-digit highs Wednesday, with the Twin Cities expecting to get up to 23 degrees. The morning commute will be snow-free, but evening commuters may deal with that second storm system early Wednesday night. That system will dump snow throughout the state for about a solid 24 hours.

Accumulation will likely be to the tune of 4 to 8 inches for much of Minnesota, with the northern part of the state possibly seeing more.
Winds will also be picking up Thursday, with speeds of up to 30 miles per hour blowing around snow and hampering visibility.

The snow will be gone by late Thursday, but sub-zero temperatures will return Friday to add insult to injury.