Take heart central Minnesota, spring is officially 23 days away.
And the next few days are going to feel like it. The National Weather Service in Duluth reported highs will be in the low to mid 30s this week. The extended forecast calls for partly to mostly sunny skies every day of the week. Much farther south, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas are expecting blizzard conditions as a potent winter storm strengthens over the Rockies before bringing heavy snow and strong winds to the Front Range and high plains. Not here, though.
In central Minnesota, patchy fog, which could become dense in some locations, was likely after midnight Sunday and into the early morning on Monday, Feb. 25, for Cass, Crow Wing and Aitkin counties. Scattered flurries may arrive between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Monday, although the day should become partly sunny with a high near 32 degrees.
The warmest day of the week may be Wednesday, where temperatures are warm enough at 34 degrees to put a dent in a few ice dams on area homes.
The rest of the week and into the weekend, should be mild with highs hovering near 30 degrees. Overnight lows should remain in double digits most nights.
After Monday’s scattered flurries, snow is not listed as even a possibility throughout the week and into next weekend.