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Temperatures this week could top 40 degrees

The forecast shows 9 days of above-freezing temperatures.

Here comes the January thaw.

After some wintry weather in southern Minnesota Monday into Tuesday (more on that below), temperatures will climb into the 30s and 40s for the rest of the week, the National Weather Service says. It'll be a legitimate thaw, too. Lows are expected to be above freezing from Thursday through Saturday, helping a lot of the snow that's on the ground melt.

We might not break any high temperature records though (those are up around 50 degrees), but the weather service says we'll have a pretty good chance at breaking record warm minimum temperatures.

This stretch of above-freezing temperatures is forecast to last at least nine days in the Twin Cities, the National Weather Service tweeted. The longest on record is 18 days, set in 1944.

Monday's winter storm

A winter storm is expected to hit southern Minnesota Monday, which could make for some slippery road conditions by the evening.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for far southern Minnesota from noon Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday, where light freezing rain, sleet and snow is expected. That will spread northeast Monday afternoon.

Ice accumulations of up to two-tenths of an inch and 3 inches of snow is possible with this storm. The highest ice amounts will be near Albert Lea, with the Eau Claire, Wisconsin, area getting the most snow.

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