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Skating through a winter warm-up

A group of guys hit the ice at the Noonan Park rink on Wednesday afternoon. (Lowell Anderson/Echo Press)1 / 2
A skater enjoyed the 27 degree temperature on Wednesday. (Lowell Anderson/Echo Press)2 / 2

Douglas County received a break – although a short one – from a brutally cold winter Wednesday.

Temperatures soared to 27 degrees, a big turn-around from the previous day when the low was 19 below zero. So far this January, temperatures have dropped below zero on 22 days and plunged to 20 below or colder seven times. And that’s without the wind chill.

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Conditions changed quickly after Wednesday’s warm-up. Thursday brought more 20 below zero temperatures, more snow and a winter weather and wind chill advisory.

More frigid air is in the forecast for Saturday with lows of 19 below zero expected. We may have to wait awhile before temperatures finally get above freezing. The long-range forecast says that won’t happen until February 12, when a high of 34 degrees is predicted.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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