An unusual January rain, and the accompanying thaw, is blamed for the suspension of some outdoor activities that winter enthusiasts enjoy.
WCCO reports that all 47 outdoor ice rinks operated by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board are temporarily closed.
Same story in southern Minnesota, where the Mankato Free Press finds that city's ice rinks in five city parks have been temporarily closed due to this week's mild temperatures.
KMSP says Edina has closed its rinks and warming houses as well. The station also said that the unseasonable temperatures prompted Edina to postpone its Winter Neighborhood Night, rescheduled for Jan. 25.
But the wintry weather will resume soon. Temperatures are expected to switch to highs in the teens and single-digit lows this weekend.