Twin Cities hits record 50 degrees, but that's about to change as cold front blows in

Enjoy it while you can: The National Weather Service says a cold front will sweep through soon. Climatologists are saying this will likely be the warmest start to January we've ever seen, and the operator of a maple syrup business tells Kare 11 he's astounded to see the sap flowing.

The metro area set a record high for January this afternoon when temperatures reached 50 degrees. WCCO says some spots around the metro could even see 60:

But the warmth won't last. The National Weather Service in Chanhassen says a strong cold front is set to move through overnight and early Wednesday. "Brisk northwest winds at 15 to 30 mph will develop on Wednesday with the strongest winds across the Minnesota River Valley."

The Minnesota Climatology Working Group says this is likely the warmest start to January on record, and that record dates to 1873.

The sap is running on the trees. The owner of a Wisconsin maple syrup business tells Kare 11 he's never seen anything like it.

The Post-Bulletin says the Rochester fire department had to rush out to a grass fire on Monday afternoon. That has fire officials worried about the spring if we don't get significant snowfall by then.

If you want snow, MSNBC suggests you head south ... to Texas. More than 10 inches of snow fell on the city of Midland on Monday, shutting down the airport. That's about as much snow as Minneapolis has seen all year.

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Cold front blowing in late Friday

Hope you enjoyed the warm Thanksgiving Day: Things are about to change. The Weather Service says a cold front will push through Friday night, bringing with it strong winds and much colder air.

2012 makes the top ten list of Twin Cities' warmest Januarys

Step aside, 1933. You've been bumped down to ninth place on the list of warm Januarys. And at least the first week of February is looking pretty toasty, as well.