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Published January 04, 2012, 09:54 PM

GF Residents Enjoy Unseasonably Warm Temps

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Unseasonably warm weather continues, even though there's snow on the ground. Grand Forks residents were outside enjoying the balmy temps, today, playing hockey and walking their dogs.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Unseasonably warm weather continues, even though there's snow on the ground. Grand Forks residents were outside enjoying the balmy temps, today, playing hockey and walking their dogs.

One year ago today the high was 2 degrees, but today the temperature climbed to 36 degrees.

"The whole weather pattern's been turned around upside down, different from what we expected," said Climate Forecaster, Mark Ewens.

A lot different from expected, considering last night it was warmer in Grand Forks than Tallahassee, Florida. And today, residents couldn't help from taking advantage of the sun.

"It's beautiful out here, you couldn't ask for a better day, the sun's out and there's no wind and its very rare for winters around here," said Kendall Harms, who was enjoying the warm weather.

"This year obviously just some light snow and temperatures were much colder so its pretty much just night and day from last winter to this one," said Ewens.

But warmer temps could hinder game time on the ice.

"Well the ice isn't that great today and we can't snow board that often because it's fake but I don't know I still prefer it to be warm," said Nate Dunham, who was playing hockey with friends.

"For hockey players its tough because they like to get extra ice time and there's just no place to get extra ice," said Mark Neubauer, who was playing hockey with his son.

For now, slushy ice will have to do. Even two year old Owen Harms, laced up and got on ice for the very first time today.

"It's fun to see it you know growing up in North Dakota, you got to learn to skate sometime, better to do it at age 2 than 22 like I did," said Harms.

Representatives at the weather service say we should have colder weather later into January.

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