ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — After a long stretch of warm temperatures and no snow, it seems winter has finally arrived — and many Minnesotans are ready to get outside and enjoy it.

The fresh snow from earlier this week is allowing cross country skiers to finally take advantaged of groomed ski trails around the metro.

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WCCO Meteorologist Molly Rosenblatt talked to skiers at Como Park’s freshly groomed trails.

“I live in Minnesota and this is what I live for in the winter so I’m really happy, happy for the snow because that’s my favorite part of winter,” cross country skier Andrea Leonard said.

College student Mike Beeksma says the snow came just in time. After a lackluster start to the season, he says at least he can spend the rest of winter break on the trails.

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“I was really worried last week when there was rain in the forecast, and more rain, and sleet and more rain,” he said. “I just wanted to get back on the hill and do some skiing again.”

Roseville High School Student Signy Weber hit the trails with her dad today. She says she’s been waiting long enough.

“I’m on the nordic team at my school, and we had to do a lot of running,” she said. “I don’t really like running so it’s nice we can actually go skiing now.”

Finally with a decent snow pack, freshly groomed trails, and cold enough temperatures in the forecast to keep the snow around, it’s shaping up to be a terrific start to the new year for skiers in the Twin Cities.

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Como Park and Phalen Park in St. Paul are groomed every day before 9 a.m. The trails at Theodore Wirth Park and the Columbia and Hiawatha Golf Courses in Minneapolis will be groomed Thursday.