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The slides of March: ice replacing puddles over the weekend

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This weekend brings us to the midpoint of March – the ides, as they called it in Julius Caesar's day. And while our spring thaw may take a few days off, forecasters say it's nothing to be wary of as long as you've still got the winter coat and boots handy.

March is notorious for volatile weather in these parts and MPR's Paul Huttner writes in his Updraft blog that Minnesota seems to be the bull's eye right now in the battle between winter and spring. Huttner says we're being visited this weekend by a speedy undulating jet stream that's snaking overhead on its way to Canada.

Weekend highs will likely stay in the 20s in the Twin Cities on both Saturday and Sunday.

Some light snow will cut across southwestern Minnesota on Saturday, with the National Weather Service reporting that Marshall and Windom could see up to an inch.

Northeastern Minnesota will bear the brunt of the weekend chill, with temperatures falling into the 15 below zero range on Saturday night.

Huttner says another round of snow is possible Monday and Tuesday. He wouldn't be surprised if a winter weather watch were issued, but right now the crystal ball still looks a little murky.

Meteorologist Paul Douglas says in his Star Tribune blog that this weekend's temperatures will be 10 to 15 degrees below normal for this time of year. He also looks back at some of the numbers for the winter we are gradually vanquishing.

It was the 6th coldest winter on record in Minnesota. The 18 mornings with wind chill advisories were the most since 1996. And in the DNR's Winter Misery Index, which factors in both cold and snow, this winter scored 198 points. That ranks it as "severe," just 4 points below the "very severe" threshold and the harshest winter since 1983-84.

Fear not, though, our weekend walk on the wintry side is only temporary. Forecasters say Minnesota may even climb back up to 50 degrees by late next week.

Good weather for a salad. A Caesar salad.

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