Temperatures rose above zero in Grand Forks on Monday, Feb. 15, marking the end of a nine-day streak of subzero temperatures for a high. It is the seventh-highest number of consecutive days of subzero temperatures in the region's history.
The No. 5 streak occurred over 10 days in 1914 and 1943. The top four spots are 11 days in 1895, 14 days in 1936, 17 days in 1912 and 19 days in 1936.
Nathan Rick, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, said most areas in the region are nearing or breaking similar records.
While uncommon, it's too soon to say whether this winter's lengthy cold snap represents the beginning of a trend, Rick said.
"It's certainly not out of the realm of possibility, but it's looking more at least right now as one of those years," he said.
Though February's cold snap didn't quite break into the Top 5, the area still experienced record-breaking weather this weekend: On Saturday, the coldest maximum temperature in the region's history was recorded at the Grand Forks airport at minus-14. Fargo broke its record at the same time, reaching a record low maximum temperature of about minus-6.
The wind chill warning that has been in effect for much of the past two weeks expired at noon Monday, and a wind chill advisory has been issued through noon Wednesday, Feb. 17. Rick said Grand Forks residents can expect temperatures above zero by mid-week. Temperatures will likely continue to rise throughout the next week, with highs in the 20s and 30s forecast for the weekend.
He said it's unlikely we'll see a cold snap like this again this season, but the first days of spring weather will elude Grand Forks for a while longer.
"We might be reaching mid-30s by early next week," he said. "So it just depends on what your spring feels like."