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Erik Burgess, Published April 20 2014

Weather perks up for Easter

DSpring has risen.

Hallelujah.

With temps hitting the mid-70s, it was safe to go outside in shorts and a T-shirt Sunday afternoon, and residents across the metro took advantage of the warm sun.

“We’re hoping to all be all burnt by tomorrow,” said Tanya Pollock, 32, of Dilworth, who was out shooting hoops with her husband Jon and their three kids near Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Middle School.

The family attended Easter church service early before heading outside to enjoy the weather after a bitterly cold winter, where snowfall was relatively scant but temps consistently dipped below average.

And last week, just when we thought we were out of it, wet snow slapped the metro one last time.

“I would say this (winter) was one of the hardest, actually,” said Kari Wild, 39, of Fargo. “I don’t think ‘96 even bothered me as much as this one did.”

Wild was lying in the grass near Horace Mann Elementary School on Sunday afternoon while her husband Mike and teenage son Lake kicked around a soccer ball nearby.

Lucy, her 13-year-old pooch, lounged next to her, as did her 8-year-old daughter Earth and 10-year-old son Kine. The family went to Easter service before grilling up lunch and heading to the park.

In a bright pink shirt, Earth showed off her cartwheeling skills – one of her favorite outdoor activities. Not to be outdone, Kine chimed in: “I can do a backflip on the trampoline!”

After a long winter, at least they can finally do those things outside.

“It’s nice to actually have a day where you can be outside and enjoy it,” Wild said.

The warm weather should finally be here to stay. A high of 60 is expected today, with some heavy winds, and a high of 63 on Tuesday, with light winds, said WDAY-TV meteorologist Aaron White.

Showers and thunderstorms could come mid-week, but the snow should be gone for good, he said.

“I don’t see any major cold snaps or anything that would give us any snow, really,” he said.

Except, of course, for Friday, when temps will max out in the mid-40s and some snowflakes are possible overnight, although any snow should melt right away, White said.

Then it’s back into the 50s for the weekend, he said.

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Erik Burgess at (701) 241-5518