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