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Temperatures to vary 40 degrees for pond hockey weekend

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Fans of the largest pond hockey tournament in the nation, take note of these numbers: 40-0. That's not a blowout score, it's the temperature variance you can expect this weekend.

"This is going to be the most fickle year of weather," KSTP meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas said.

The U.S. Pond Hockey Championships, held on Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis Friday through Sunday, will start with temperatures that could hit 40. Saturday's high is expected to be about 35, but then an arctic blast will plunge the region into a deep freeze Sunday, with a high of 2 and low of -3, WCCO reports.

(Monday, the Martin Luther King holiday, will be even colder with a high of -2 and low of -15, KARE 11 says. That would mark the first time in four years that the daily high temperature was below zero in the Twin Cities.)

This year 2,000 hockey players on 300 teams from 46 states are expected to do battle on 26 rinks, KSTP reported. The ice is 15 inches thick, plenty thick enough for players and spectators, KSTP reported. This is the eighth year for the tournament. Sports Illustrated profiled the event in its inaugural year, quoting then-Gov. Tim Pawlenty talking about the mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul (all three played in the event): "They play hockey like they play politics," Pawlenty said of the mayors. "They're a couple of hacks."

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