Warm-up starts Wednesday: 30s on tap, with 40s likely this weekend

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Hang in there, the warm-up is coming.

By early-December standards, Tuesday won't be that bad. Look for a mix of sun and clouds with seasonal temperatures. Highs will reach the upper 20s in the Twin Cities area – right on track for this time of year. Winds won't be much of an issue, northeast at 3-6 mph.

The main push of mild Pacific air begins Wednesday. Expect mostly sunny skies as high temperatures creep back into the lower 30s. Overnight lows are going to remain rather mild as well, with lows in the middle 20s starting Thursday morning.

Weekend warmup

The forecast is calling for temperatures in the middle 30s Thursday with 40s Friday through Sunday.

The warmest day statewide will likely be Saturday as widespread 40s are expected – even some lower 50s are possible in southwest Minnesota.

The warmest day in the Twin Cities is most likely Sunday as highs soar into the middle and upper 40s.

See ya snowpack!

We've lost about an inch of snow since this time last week. Officially in the Twin Cities, 1 inch of snow remains with 2 inches in St. Cloud.

As much as 5 to 6 inches of snow is still on the ground in northern Minnesota near International Falls and Duluth.

But notice in the map below, there are plenty of bare spots near the Twin Cities, especially just west of town. Also, southwest Minnesota remains snow-free – expect the highest readings this weekend around Marshall, Pipestone and Jackson.

Thin ice warning

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is issuing a warning ahead of this week's warmup – be extra cautious when going out on the ice.

Just because the ice is a safe one day, it doesn't mean it'll be that way a few days later – especially after a week of mild temperatures, DNR Conservation Officer Adam Block told KSTP.

The DNR says it's important to always check the thickness of the ice before you go out.

Block also says if anglers have permanent fish houses already out on the ice they may want to bring them in.

"When we have temperatures that warm and then freeze overnight we end up having structures that can get froze in, and that's not good thing. It leads to litter and other problems for the shelter owner," Block told KSTP.

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