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Out and About: Temperature turn-around hits home over weekend

Amy Chaffins | Echo Press At 1:50 p.m. on Friday, December 27, it was 38 degrees and dozens of people zipped around the Noonan Park skating rink enjoying the early winter warm up. Just 48 hours later, on Sunday, December 29, it was 9 below zero with a wind chill of 27 below at Noonan Park. (Amy Chaffins/Echo Press)1 / 3
The warm temperatures on Friday caused a mini-meltdown in the area. Water dripped from roof tops and drivers steered their vehicles through puddles and slushy snow.2 / 3
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Weather whiplash crashed into the lakes area last weekend.

Friday brought a daytime high of 38 degrees.

Just 48 hours later, the temperature plunged to 9 below zero.

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FRIDAY A little bit of spring fever set in Friday as the daytime high hit 38 degrees.

Dozens of kids zipped around the Noonan Park skating rink Friday and Saturday.

People shed their hats and gloves for a few moments of warmer weather.

Residents took the opportunity to clean off driveways and sidewalks and take down some Christmas decorations.

Drivers steered their vehicles through puddles and sloppy, slushy snow as street crews worked to clear the slush.

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

SUNDAY Then, just 48 hours later, an arctic blast grabbed hold of the lakes area and it won’t let go for a few more days.

According to the National Weather Service, Sunday’s daytime high hit just 9 degrees below zero. The lowest wind chill reading was 40 below zero early Sunday morning. The day’s low temperature dropped to 18 below late Sunday.

Welcome back, winter.

The weather won’t climb above zero until Friday, according to NWS. The forecast calls for a high of 14 degrees with blowing snow.

Amy Chaffins

Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.

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