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A pair of geese enjoyed the bit of open water that they found Friday beneath the bridge on Nest Lake near Spicer. Tribune photo by Ron Adams
A pair of geese enjoyed the bit of open water that they found Friday beneath the bridge on Nest Lake near Spicer. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Warm-up on its way; winter appears to be over

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR — Temperatures this weekend should help get rid of that spring snow that fell Thursday in west central Minnesota, and the warmer air will continue into next week.

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“We’re going to have a nice warm-up here right into Wednesday of next week,” according to Tony Zaleski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen.

A storm system in the north might cool temperatures a bit after Wednesday, but not very much.

“It looks like the very cold air is finally gone,” Zaleski said in a phone interview Friday afternoon. “I would not say that our snow days are over yet.”

Highs are expected to be in the mid-40s today and mid-50s Sunday. That will continue into the work week with highs forecast in the 50s Monday and Tuesday and into the mid-60s on Wednesday. Highs in the 50s are expected Thursday and Friday.

Low temperatures during this time are expected to be in the 30s and 40s.

Original forecasts Thursday for deep snow over much of the region changed when the storm shifted a bit, leaving much of the area with just a couple inches of snow. In many areas, much of the snow had already melted on Friday.

Morton, in southern Renville County received 9 inches of snow, but the line of snow ended fairly abruptly about 30 miles northwest of Redwood Falls, Zaleski said.

South of that line, snowfall was 8 to 10 inches, but north of it, the storm was quite mild, with about two inches reported across Yellow Medicine, Chippewa and Kandiyohi counties and up to St. Cloud.

The quick melting is typical for early April, Zaleski said.

“If this had happened a month ago, the streets would be pretty bad,” Zaleski said Friday afternoon in a telephone interview. But even with 8-10 inches of snow in the Twin Cities, streets cleared and were dry pretty quickly, he added.

“Going home is a breeze,” he said.

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