After a chilly weekend, a warm-up is on the way

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Break out the t-shirts, Minnesota could be positively balmy by the end of this week.

According to the National Weather Service, the southern part of the state could see daytime highs in the mid-40s by Friday, well above Minnesota's average February high of 29 degrees.

Wednesday is likely to be the coldest day of the week with highs 15 to 25 degrees, but the mercury will then shoot up on Thursday and Friday. Accuweather suggests there could be a high of 47 on Saturday.

It will be cooler in the northern portion of the state but temps could creep above freezing, with lows of around 10 and highs in the lower 30s on Thursday.

The cause of the warmer temperatures, according to the NWS, is an "upper-level ridge" building across central U.S., which will result in "southwesterly flow developing over the upper Midwest and warming temperatures."

It could also bring a storm system with it, with the weather service forecasting the "potential" a storm to move through the region between Thursday night and Saturday, but at this time details are uncertain.

Parts of the state will likely see some light rain on Thursday into Friday, which could begin as freezing rain north of Interstate 94, the service says.

Because of the colder temperatures in northern areas, snow is also a possibility on Thursday night.

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