Record-Breaking Friday Heading into a Warm Holiday Weekend

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February 17, 2017 10:18 PM

It's a record-breaking day in Minnesota, as the temperature climbed to 63 degrees Friday afternoon.

KSTP Meteorologist Sam Ryan said the unusual warm-up is expected to continue into the holiday weekend. 


Saturday is expected to be partly-cloudy with a high of 53 degrees, followed by a partly-sunny and warm Sunday with a high of 58 degrees.

It could edge back up to 60 degrees on Monday, but Ryan predicts a 90 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms.

The spring weather may not last, though. Ryan reports snow is possible late next week on Friday. 

The Twin Cities has only seen four days above 60 degrees since the state began collecting data in 1873. Those days were:

  • 64 degrees on Feb. 24, 1896
  • 63 degrees on Feb. 15, 1921
  • 60 degrees on Feb. 16, 1981
  • 61 degrees on Feb. 15, 2016

According to the National Weather Service, the record for the number of days in a row with temperatures above freezing (32 degrees) in February was six for the Twin Cities, set in 1998. 

The record for consecutive days above 50 degrees in February is six in the Twin Cities, in 1930 and 1981. For St. Cloud, it was five days straight, set in 1981. 

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Theresa Malloy

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