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Wasn't that warmup nice? Now here comes the snow

A winter storm watch is in effect.

After more than a week of above-freezing temperatures, here's your reminder it's still January.

Snow is expected over central and southern Minnesota Tuesday into Wednesday, with "significant" snow totals possible across the southern part of the state, the National Weather Service says.

There's a winter storm watch in effect from Tuesday afternoon through noon Wednesday that covers an area that could see up to 7 inches of snow (see map below).

The most snow is forecast to hit the Rochester and Albert Lea areas, though there's still a little uncertainty with this. Weather officials say because temperatures Tuesday will be above freezing, precipitation will start out as rain before changing over to snow as it gets colder. Depending on how quickly this happens could affect how much snow people get.

This winter storm is expected to impact both the Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning commutes, with the weather service saying roads Tuesday evening will be "slippery and hazardous."

After the snow, temperatures across the state will cool down closer to normal, which is in the 20s for the Twin Cities.

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