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After wet Friday, Minnesota is in for a warmer weekend


It's wet, windy and fairly gray in much of Minnesota at the moment, but at least it's warm.

Snow has been melting as temperatures inched into the 40s in the Twin Cities and southern portion of the state on Friday, and forecasts suggest this warmer-than-usual burst of February weather will continue.

Highs in the upper-30s to mid-40s are also expected Saturday, according to the National Weather Service, and though they will dip on Sunday and next week, it should still stay around the upper-20s to mid-30s in the south.

Making conditions better on Saturday: There's no rain forecast and some sun is expected to break through the clouds.

On Sunday, TCF Bank Stadium will host the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks for the NHL Stadium Series, and according to Accuweather highs on Sunday will be in the lower 40s.

Sunday morning could bring some light snow, but conditions will dry out later in the day. It'll be colder further north, with highs only likely to reach the mid 20s.

The upturn in temperature has MPR predicting that the worst of winter has passed in Minnesota.

University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley told the news organization temperatures aren't likely to drop as low as they were on Valentine's Day, when it hit 36 below in Embarrass.

"For some locations in Minnesota I think the sub-zero nights are behind us," he said, adding that climatologists are "70 percent confident" of warmer-than-usual conditions in spring.

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