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COPY-Snow today; then temps falling back into the deep freeze tonight

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Arctic air is set to return to the region tonight and looks to stick around through most of the week, but will first kick-off some light snow across southeastern Minnesota later this afternoon.

The storm system and associated cold front drawing in today's blast of frigid air will produce light snow for our area for the midday and afternoon hours. That snow is expected to show up around lunchtime and last through the afternoon, ending shortly after sunset this evening with an inch or so of accumulation. Some spots in north central and northwest Iowa may measure just a little more than an inch from this system.

Temperatures will be steady in the low 20s before falling into the single digits this afternoon and near 12 below zero overnight tonight. The cold air will hit tomorrow through Thursday, with highs tomorrow only near zero, and lows tomorrow night in the teens below zero. It doesn't warm up much Wednesday, although we will see highs in the single digits-- above zero. Highs Thursday most likely won't even make it above zero, plunging back into the teens below zero before finally warming up into the 20s on Friday.

We could another dusting of late Tuesday night through early Wednesday, as well as chances for more light snow in time for the weekend as another light snow producing system moves in. Hang on, however, as another arctic air mass is then expected to blow in for Sunday, and linger through a large portion of next week.

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