Updated: 03/06/2014 7:47 PM
Created: 03/05/2014 7:49 PM KSTP.com
By: Leslie Dyste
After a brutal winter, Minnesota may be starting to climb out of the deep freeze.
Temperatures across the state rose to the upper 20s Thursday afternoon, and we could reach above 30 degrees by Thursday night.
KSTP.com meteorologist Dave Dahl says the warmer weather will hang around for a while with temperatures in the low 30s Friday.
Dave says we'll get a slight cool down on Saturday with an even bigger warm up on Sunday into Monday. Dave expects temperatures to climb to 40 degrees Monday.
Parts of southern Minnesota did get more than 10 inches of new snow this week. The deep spot is Mapleton where 10.5 inches had fallen by Wednesday morning.
It should start to melt away though beginning this weekend. Dave said snow cover in the metro has officially dropped to 19 inches, but over the next seven days it will probably drop another 6 inches at least.
The angle of the sun is actually similar to what it is in early October, Dave says, meaning we could be getting temperatures in the 50s and 60s if the ground was bare.
Unfortunately, we will have to wait a few more weeks for that to happen, but Dave says most, if not all of our snow, will be gone by the end of March. He also says we have seen our last days of below-zero temperatures.