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Published January 27, 2011, 09:13 PM

Spoiled by Spring-Like Temps: Meteorologists Say Don't Get Used to It

Temperatures in the region were at least in the positive temperatures this week. It's a welcome relief from the frigid cold we've seen this winter.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Temperatures in the region were at least in the positive temperatures this week.

It's a welcome relief from the frigid cold we've seen this winter.

There is a little spring in the steps of letter carrier Dan McGillicuddy.

"It's like 27, 28 degrees. Compared to last week when the wind chill was 35-40 below. That is about a 70 degree difference," McGillicuddy said.

You could see that difference at the University of North Dakota as students made there way to classes.

"Summer is here," student Sam Heppner said.

"I usually wear a goose down coat and as big of mits as I can find," Cooper Smith, a UND student said.

Smith took advantage of the mid-winter warm up by working on the driveway.

"It's pretty nice, we get to break down, take our coats off and walk to class," Smith said.

But Smith will likely be putting his goose down coat back on soon. Meteorologist Mark Ewens from the National Weather Service says this is just a lucky spring break between some very cold snaps.

"It is certainly not uncommon and in La NiƱa springs, we typically have a very cool February and March timeframe, so this would be fitting in with the general weather pattern," Ewens said.

Ewens expects the temperature to slowly sink back below zero starting Friday night. That should be long enough for McGillicuddy to finish his work week on a warm note.

"Days like today you kind of look forward to. I mean no job you look forward to doing. If you can do it above zero in this job it's a good day," Postal carrier McGillicuddy said.

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