Snow on the way, but so are warmer temperatures

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Bitter, subzero cold in Minnesota may very soon be history (really!). But with this week's warming trend comes the possibility for snow.

The first bout of snow flurries in the metro will come Monday afternoon into the evening, according to Paul Huttner in MPR News' Updraft blog. Huttner says it should be less than an inch of snow, but it could be enough to make for slick streets. WCCO reports that light snow will move into the metro area between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Monday.

The National Weather Service in Duluth says light snow will spread across northern Minnesota Monday evening, with some areas getting up to 2 inches.

WCCO forecasts another chance of snow, totaling a few inches, Thursday night into Friday.

The sun will start to melt some of the snow cover and ice on the streets late this week, Huttner says. Warmer temperatures are expected throughout the state Wednesday and Thursday and really kick in next week, Huttner says. There is a chance temperatures will reach 40 degrees next week, when the region will experience a more sustained thaw, Huttner says.

Huttner said colder air will move into the region this weekend, which could give the Twin Cities one more subzero morning, but there's a 70 percent chance Monday was the last one for the season.

This winter by the numbers – here's a look at what Minnesotans experienced during this bitterly-cold and snowy winter, according to Huttner:

– Ninth coldest winter on record in the Twin Cities, fifth coldest in St. Cloud and the coldest in Eau Claire, Wisconsin

– 9.7 degrees was the average temperature this meteorological winter (December-February) at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

– 50 subzero days this winter (as of Monday morning)

– 58.1 inches of snow this season at the airport (15.6 inches above average), last year at this time 35.5 inches of had fallen

Here's a look at the forecast around the state, according to the National Weather Service:

Twin Cities: Tuesday a high of 19, slight chance of snow; Wednesday a high of 24, mostly cloudy; Thursday a high of 30, slight chance of snow; Friday a high of 27, slight chance of snow; Saturday a high of 22, mostly sunny.

Duluth: Tuesday a high of 19, party sunny; Wednesday a high of 19, party sunny; Thursday a high of 24, chance of snow; Friday a high of 25, slight chance of snow; Saturday a high of 22, mostly sunny.

Moorhead: Tuesday a high of 17, mostly cloudy; Wednesday a high of 22, slight chance of snow; Thursday a high of 25, slight chance of snow; Friday a high of 15, partly sunny; Saturday a high of 19, mostly sunny.

Rochester: Tuesday a high of 19, chance of snow; Wednesday a high of 24, cloudy; Thursday a high of 28, mostly cloudy; Friday a high of 30, slight chance of snow; Saturday a high of 22, mostly sunny.

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