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Update: Temp highs in 60s coming to region Friday, 70s possible by Sunday

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Believe or not, warmer temperatures are just a couple days away for west central Minnesota as the jetstream shifts northward bringing warmer temps.

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Today’s weather will be mostly sunny across the region, with a high around 35 with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

The region has a slight chance of snow before midday Wednesday under partly cloudy skies, followed with a mix of rain and snow through Wednesday night. The Wednesday high will likely be near 40.

Thenthe warmup begins with a change in weather patterns.

Warmer temperatures are expected to arrive Thursday, with mostly sunny skies and the temperature high near 46 and a west-southwest wind around 10 mph.

After Thursday night lows in the upper 30s, higher temperature are expected in the region.

Sunny skies will bring a Friday high in low 60s, a Saturday high in the high 60s and the Sunday high breaking into the low 70s.

 "There are no more major cold outbreaks in the pipeline," AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologist Jim Andrews said. "So, it looks like the end of record-breaking April snowfall and also the extreme temperature swings over the Plains, where it is nearly summery on one day and downright wintry on the next day."

The rapid temperature increase later this week brings a threat of major flooding along Red River in Minnesota and North Dakota. as surging warmth this weekend threatens to melt unusually deep late-season snowpack, according to Accuweather.com.

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Kelly Boldan
Kelly Boldan has been the editor of the West Central Tribune of Willmar, since joining the newspaper in October 2001. He has previously worked as the editor at the Bemidji Pioneer, also part of Forum Communications Co., and other daily newspapers, online Web sites, and weekly agriculture newspapers in Wisconsin, Texas and Minnesota. You can follow via Twitter at @KellyBoldanWCT or read about the Tribune's newsroom blog at: insidescoop.areavoices.com or the Tribune's blog at: westcentraltribune.areavoices.com.
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