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Winter delivered another roundhouse punch to the region Tuesday, and Winona took a direct hit.

The National Weather Service reported 10 inches had fallen in Winona by 7 a.m. — and that was several hours before the snow tapered off. Pickwick had 11½ inches by 1:30 p.m., and other areas in southeastern Minnesota had 10 inches or more.

The totals were among the tops in the region, which has been battered by one snowstorm after another and frigid temperatures when the snow isn’t falling.

Winona Area Public Schools canceled school for the seventh time in less than a month. Winona State University also canceled classes for the second time this semester, while Minnesota State College Southeast closed its Winona campus.

Saint Mary’s University delayed classes at the Winona campus until 10:30 a.m., although it closed its Rochester campus at noon, canceling all evening classes.

The city of Winona declared a tag and tow operation to facilitate snow removal for the city of Winona from 12:01 a.m. until 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. The alternate-side parking ordinance was to be strictly enforced during those hours.

The National Weather Service said additional snowfall throughout the evening on Tuesday could add a few more inches to the totals, and warned of blowing and drifting snow in open, unsheltered areas.

Wednesday’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies and a high of 25 degrees, but wind chills could dip below zero.

There’s a 30-percent chance of snow Thursday, with highs near 30 degrees.

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Been some time but was like old days...still, in past we had barrel of sand and salt at bottom of hill for "situations" and the lack of plows during day, got some asking what was up?" Used to be hills were first on list to be plowed, not let alone until snow stopped falling...some people work, some need medical care...

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