MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As cold as this spring was, and as chilly as this Thursday feels, it would probably surprise few to learn that a WCCO photojournalist captured what appeared to be a chunk of ice floating down the Mississippi River in June.

It wasn’t clear whether the ice was a remnant from a riverside picnic, from an overturned cooler, or whether the ice was actually a late-breaker from the spring thaw.

“It’s definitely possible with the spring we had,” WCCO director of meteorology Mike Augustyniak said. “Especially if that ice came from a north facing area in northern Minnesota, where it’s been chilly.”

The video was captured on Wednesday, June 5 in Minneapolis.

The recent cool temperatures are set to warm up going into the weekend. Thursday’s high may not reach above the upper 50s, but Friday should score 70 degrees or above.

The weekend itself could bring more rain, even possibly in the form of thunderstorms.

The sun and higher temperatures should return to the area by early next week.


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