From snow to rain? Thursday thaw and 40s possible next week


Finally, something else in the forecast other than extreme cold and piercing windchill. A warm-up is in sight – possibly temperatures above freezing.

After 43 days at or below zero degrees in the Twin Cities this winter (and one more subzero morning expected tomorrow), Minnesota Public Radio's Paul Huttner says a thaw begins Thursday, when a high of 36 degrees is possible.

However, other local forecasters say Thursday's high will be about 10 degrees cooler, with the exception of FOX 9, which is predicting a 32-degree high temperature Thursday. KSTP says this week's shot at 30 degrees will happen on Wednesday.

Regardless of which day we turn the corner temperature-wise, it's happening soon and the warmer weather should stick around for a while.

"Thursday’s thaw may be just the appetizer for a much bigger warm-up next week," Huttner says. "Both models at this point crank out a string of days in the 30s, and even 40s by the middle of next week."

With temperatures that warm, the state might even see rain mid-week next week, Huttner says.

Before the warm-up, a coating of snow is expected Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, leaving less than inch of snow on the ground in the metro in time for the morning commute.

Although the Twin Cities have experienced the most days below zero in more than three decades, this winter is still not one for the record books quite yet.

The Star Tribune points out that three more days of of subzero temperatures would only put us in the top 10 of total days below zero.

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