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Will March 2012’s High Temps Repeat? Far From It

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Looks like it’s going to take more than the luck of the Irish to get even close to the temperatures we saw last St. Patrick’s Day.

Last year on this date, Minnesota broke its record high at 67 degrees. That’s more than 37 degrees warmer than today’s high.

Last year, food trucks lined the streets of downtown Minneapolis in March. Also — last March saw temps hit 60 degrees or warmer 17 times – including an 80.

Mike Epstein and his daughter Aurora say this year’s reality check hasn’t stopped them from the walk they do every day.

WCCO chief meteorologist Chris Shaffer says the below average temperatures this year have to do with lots of recent snowfall. That deep snow pack across the region actually reflects away the sunlight, and what you’re left with is some cold Minnesotans.

Shaffer said he doesn’t see any 60, 50 or 40 degree temps the rest of March.

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