By Chris Shaffer, WCCO-TV

— Our warmer air has arrived. No more subzero nights, no more single-digit highs and we will melt away some snow instead of adding to our snow banks.

Last year, we didn’t hit 40 or warmer until March 2. We will beat that this year with a good shot of 40 by Wednesday.

We may see some flurries Saturday, but most of the snow will be limited to northern Minnesota. The main thing you will notice is highs cracking that freezing mark of 32 degrees.

There will be a good deal of clouds this weekend, but the air will continue to warm as a warm front slides over the area.

There may even be some rain showers across northern Minnesota on Sunday.

It will be our warmest Valentine’s Day since 2006, and Wednesday and Thursday appear to be our warmest days.

Comments (9)
  1. Steven Ekholm says:

    Dear Chris;
    I live in Walker Minnesota on Leech Lake. The reason the ice is unsafe is because we received so much show before the ice got thick enough to be safe.. The weight of the snow has cracked the ice and water has come up between the snow and the ice. The snow has also been an insulator preventing the ice from freezing thick. Also, frozen slush doesn’t have the same strength as clear ice.
    Steve Ekholm
    Walker, MN

    1. joe says:

      so what does this have to do with anything he said?

      1. Billy says:

        LOL, I think somebody has been in the sauce.

      2. Bo says:

        Another ice rant from Steve Ekholm…

  2. Chris says:

    Yesterday on the Channel 4 newscasts, the announcers said the ice on Leech Lake was unsafe and no vehicles would be allowed to drive on it. The newscast did not explain the reason the ice was unsafe, so I surmise this guy was providing the reason behind the unsafe conditions. It helps people understand more about lake ice formation and here in MN that is a big deal, cuz people like to drive on it.

  3. Tom says:

    Will this warm, windy February weather and the accompanying melting/evaporation do ANYTHING to help the flooding potential this spring?

  4. Bev says:

    Was listening to 10 p.m. weather and I thought I heard you say something about snow but not minding it, ok ,but only if its made of gold.

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