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Published January 09, 2012, 07:05 PM

Record Warmth in the Dakotas to End This Week

The National Weather Service forecast calls for overnight lows in the single digits above and below zero in some areas by the end of the work week.

By: Associated Press,

(AP) — A cool-down is in store for the Dakotas after a recent stretch of record warmth.

The National Weather Service forecast calls for overnight lows in the single digits above and below zero in some areas by the end of the work week. Highs during the day are expected to be in the 20s and 30s in many areas, but that is much cooler than recent temperatures in the 50s, 60s and even 70s.

The 68-day period from Nov. 1 to Jan. 7 was warmer than any other corresponding period since 1850 in the North Dakota cities of Grand Forks and Fargo, the Grand Forks Herald reported Monday.

In South Dakota, more high temperature records could fall Monday and Tuesday before cooler weather moves in midweek, Jim Murray, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Sioux Falls, told South Dakota Public Radio.

"What it looks like is we're going to have a pretty strong cold front come through on Tuesday night, and that will come all the way through on Wednesday," he said. "And on Wednesday, we should see temperatures dropping through the day."

Snow also is possible in parts of the two states Tuesday night and Wednesday, the weather service said.

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