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Kyle Potter, The Forum, Published April 06 2014

Warm weekend weather signals end of brutal cold in area

FARGO - We made it.

April and early May could still bring more snow, but the warm weekend weather – peaking at 60 degrees – signals the long-awaited end of the winter and its brutal cold here.

“We’re done with that for good, finally,” WDAY meteorologist Aaron White said.

Dogs – and their owners –celebrated on trails and in parks Sunday afternoon. Parents took strolls with strollers along the Red River, and kids hit skateparks and playgrounds to take advantage of the warm-up.

After a long winter with few long walks for her dachshund Dobby, Moorhead resident Michelle Kittleson said it was “nice to be out in the weather again” near Fargo’s Lindenwood Park. Dobby still wore his coat though.

The unreasonable cold of the winter will quickly shift into unseasonable warmth.

The National Weather Service’s forecast for Wednesday calls for a high of 73 degrees in Fargo-Moorhead – about 20 degrees warmer than the normal high temperatures for the second week in April.

The highest recorded temperature for April 9 in the Fargo area was 86 degrees in 1887, according to the National Weather Service.

White pegged Wednesday’s high at an even 70. That warmth should have a compound effect, he said, melting what little snow remains in the metro, helping boost temperatures more.

That would be welcome news for White.

“I don’t want to see snow anymore. I’m done with it,” he said.

White said he expects much of the rest of the week to be in the mid- to high 50s before cooling down into the 40s on Sunday.

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Kyle Potter at (701) 241-5502