It finally looks and feels like spring. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and there are even a few buds on the trees.
Warmer temperatures will be around all week in Minnesota, weather forecasters say, and much if not all the snow left in your backyard should be melted away in the next day or two.
The forecast from the National Weather Service is short and sweet for the next several days:
"Temperatures will remain mild this week, with a balmy day expected on Wednesday, when highs in the 60s and 70s will be common. No significant precipitation is expected this week either, with no bigger systems expected until the weekend."
Meteorologist Paul Douglas provides some more details about the upcoming week in his weather blog at the Star Tribune, describing a "therapeutic" surge of warm air that is heading our way because of a change in the jet stream.
"Warm weather comes in waves (as does the chill), and we'll all get to experience a tantalizing glimpse of spring this week as snow rapidly melts in response to a Pacific flow and sun angle as high in the sky as it was in early September," Douglas said.
But, don't put away your jackets just yet. The long-range forecast calls for much cooler temperatures by next weekend, Douglas said, perhaps in the low 40s, before they bounce back up by around April 18.