Boaters cruised along the river in downtown Chicago. Golfers smacked balls in Minnesota. And an ice-breaking mission on Maine’s Kennebec River was the shortest in recent memory because the Coast Guard found no ice.
If you thought this weekend was nice, hold onto yourselves. The Twin Cities could see record-breaking high temperatures for the next few days.
Snowmobile trails and ice roads are closing in Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota, because of the warm weather.
It was a beautiful day to spend some time outside on the ice. Unfortunately, we’ll have fewer places to do that.
Several cities across the state are playing it safe this unusually warm winter and keeping people off the ice.
The warm weather conditions have left the ice about six inches too short to allow a Minnesota ice fishing contest to go on as scheduled.
The yearly City of Lakes Loppet in Minneapolis is still on. But it’s being moved from it’s usual Uptown finish to Theodore Wirth Park, where they can make snow.
The warm, brown winter that has disappointed snow lovers in much of the U.S. has put more green in the pockets of state and local governments that had their budgets busted last year by the high cost of plowing and running roaring furnaces.
Students at the University of Minnesota were walking around in short sleeves on Tuesday. Golfers were playing through brown grass and around white, snow-filled sand traps. The Blessed Trinity youth basketball team in Richfield even practiced outside Tuesday.
A record-high temperature for January was set early Tuesday afternoon as we hit 50 degrees across the Twin Cities metro area.
At the Afton Alps ski hill, you would think winter has arrived in full force. It’s not because of Mother Nature, it’s because of snow makers like Ken Speltz.
The last three months of last year tied for the second-warmest on record in the Twin Cities, with an average temperature of nearly 41 degrees. Pair that with the lack of snow we’ve seen this season — we’re more than a foot behind average — and that makes for some happy farmers.
From when the first snowflakes fly, many look forward to their favorite winter events, but this mild and snowless season has organizers on edge.
There’s been plenty of ice rescues this winter, along with stories about ATVs and fish houses going through the ice. But, that’s not keeping some people off of those not-so-frozen lakes.
The unseasonably high temperature across the state set some new daily records in the Twin Cities and St. Cloud.