Skip to main content

This is rare, so enjoy it – 60 degrees in February

Plenty of cities broke daily record highs, or came very close.

Friday brought something the Twin Cities has quite literally only seen four times before in recorded history.

60 degrees.

The National Weather Service Twin Cities said it measured 60 degrees at MSP Airport around 2 p.m. That breaks the daily record for Feb. 17, which had been 55 degrees, and is only the fifth time in the past 144 years that's happened in February.

The other instances, according to the National Weather Service: Feb. 26, 1896; Feb. 15, 1921; Feb. 16, 1981; and Feb. 29, 2000.

Like we said:

The normal high for Feb. 17 is half that – 30 degrees.

Other cities have also set daily records, or come very close, at least according to preliminary figures here.

St. Cloud's previous record high for the day was 54 degrees. The city hit 58 degrees Friday afternoon, and SCSU Weather noted St. Cloud has never reached 60 degrees in the month of February.

Redwood Falls hit 63 in 1981 – it hit at least 66 by Friday afternoon.

Mankato's highest was 64 degrees, and it appears the city just cleared that mark Friday afternoon.

And get this: On this day in 1962, South Dakota got 20-30 inches of snow. One spot even recorded 44 inches, the Sioux Falls National Weather Service tweeted. And today in 2017, Sioux Falls was expected to hit 60 degrees.

The Northland wasn't quite as warm, with Duluth – which set a record high at 52 degrees in 1981 – just missing out. On the western side of the state, Detroit Lakes hit about 52 degrees, under the record of 57.

Alexandria's record high is 58, and it looks like it fell just shy at 57 degrees.

And in the southeast, Rochester pushed 60, but had to break 63 degrees to break its Feb. 17 record.

This weekend, it's supposed to stay pretty warm before settling more toward normal midway through next week. And while it's still a long ways off and things could change, there is a possibility for a real, giant snowstorm late next week. So keep an eye on the forecast.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-08-07 at 11.43.15 AM

Deputies fatally shoot man in Wright County

Police claim the man, who had allegedly been experiencing a mental health crisis, was armed with a knife.

Ambulance hospital emergency

17-year-old killed in northern Minnesota crash Saturday

The other drive involved in the crash, a 75-year-old man, sustained life-threatening injuries.

ATV

Alcohol a factor as driver rolls ATV into corn field, injuring 3

The crash occurred in Lake Lillian Saturday night.

Minneapolis police

Man dies after being found shot at Minneapolis' 38th and Chicago

Responders were called to the scene early Sunday morning.

Screen Shot 2022-08-07 at 6.34.12 AM

7 children arrested after 'disturbance' at Cabela's, escape in stolen vehicle

Employees called police saying the children were stealing goods from the store.

Screen Shot 2022-08-06 at 6.16.49 PM

Fire sparks evacuation from apartment building, man arrested for arson

Police and fire crews responded to the fire just before 9 a.m. Saturday.

Flickr - utility pole power line

Morning storms cause power outages, ensuing problems in Eagan

There have been reports of disabled traffic lights and issues at local businesses.

kim crockett facebook sos

GOP nominee questions if those with disabilities, non-English speakers should be able to vote

Crockett made the comments in a 2020 radio interview following a ruling from the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Pharmacy

Jury: MN pharmacist did not violate woman's rights by refusing her morning-after pill

Gender Justice, the advocacy group that brought about the lawsuit, says it will appeal the decision.

Screen Shot 2021-10-04 at 3.03.13 PM

Revival to close its original Minneapolis restaurant

Don't worry – it's bringing the chicken to its nearby BBQ joint.

Related

60 degrees in February – wow, Minnesota

We could shatter some records this weekend

Here's where it might hit 80 degrees in Minnesota on Friday

Here's how close that would be to breaking the record high for Oct. 20.

Some lucky Minnesotans got 60-degree weather today

Friday's highs "obliterated" state record highs.

It might get up to 50 degrees on Friday

Record-breaking temps are possible.