Desperately seeking 32 degrees: When is the thaw?

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It was a nice change of pace when the temperature remained above zero overnight in the metro.

But when will the mercury climb above freezing?

In the metro, that'll likely happen Thursday, with a high of 33 degrees, under cloudy skies, WCCO says (although the National Weather Service forecasts a more pessimistic 30 for Thursday).

So not much thaw there, and then it gets a bit colder through the weekend, with a high in the Twin Cities of 27 Friday and 22 Saturday.

But early next week, the mercury rises again: 38 Sunday and 40 Monday, WCCO says. (KARE 11 predicts highs of 33 Sunday and 38 Monday). By mid-week, it'll dip a bit down into the mid- to upper 20s, the Weather Channel says.

And today? Tuesday will be sunny in northern Minnesota, with highs of 12 in Hallock, 17 in Bemidji, 18 in Ely and Duluth and 21 in the Twin Cities.

But snow is likely – 1 to 3 inches – across southern Minnesota through Tuesday afternoon and night, and the Twin Cities could get some flurries during the afternoon commute and into the evening, WCCO reports.

Looking further out, what's in store for spring 2014? Paul Huttner on MPR's Updraft blog says data suggest it could be a more "normal" spring this year, after two wildly extreme springs in a row. The spring of 2012 was the warmest on record, and the spring of 2013 was cold, wet and snowy.

Here's a quick glimpse around the state for the more near-term:

Tuesday high 21, low -1
Wednesday high 19, low 3
Thursday high 27, low 16

International Falls:
Tuesday high 15, low -10
Wednesday high 19, low 6
Thursday high 27, low 5

Tuesday high 19, low 12
Wednesday high 24, low 8
Thursday high 29, low 21

Tuesday high 16, low 11
Wednesday high 21, low 15
Thursday high 32, low 22

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