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Melty Friday will screech into sub-zero Sunday

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A little bit of spring fever set in Friday as daytime highs were recorded in the upper 30s.

As dozens of kids zipped around the Noonan Park skating rink, the temperature was at 38 degrees.

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Drivers steered their vehicles through puddles and sloppy, slushy snow on city streets. People shedded their hats and gloves for a few moments of warmer weather.

Ahhh... It was a blissful warm up we desperately needed.

Enjoy it while it lasts, folks.

We hope you had a chance to because there's a big weather change brewing and temperatures are taking another arctic plunge.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), there's a slight chance of freezing drizzle early, then a slight chance of snow after 5 p.m. The daytime high will be near 25, but the wind will kick up in the afternoon out of the north at 15 to 20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. 

Here's where it gets frigid: The NWS forecast calls for areas of blowing snow with a low around -14. Wind chill values are expected to drop as low as -37. The chance of precipitation is 50 percent and any new snow accumulation is expected to total less than one inch.

Sunday's high is forecasted to be -10 degrees; the low will drop to -20 and that trend continues into Tuesday, according to NWS.

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Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz. Away from work, Amy and Brandon spend time bass fishing and keeping tabs on their charismatic dog, Cash, who has been known to jump out of the boat to “retrieve” the bass lures.
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