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Grand Forks getting close to breaking 109-year-old local record for longest winter

"Fashionably late" may be acceptable for partygoers, but what about spring? Grand Forks is forecast to break a 109-year-old local record: the latest 50-degree day. National Weather Service forecasts for the next seven days do not call for 50-degr...

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"Fashionably late" may be acceptable for partygoers, but what about spring?

Grand Forks is forecast to break a 109-year-old local record: the latest 50-degree day. National Weather Service forecasts for the next seven days do not call for 50-degree temperatures in Grand Forks, and the current record is April 21, set in 1904. Fargo broke its record, set April 17, 1881, on Wednesday, and is still without a 50-degree day.

The city and its residents may not find relief from the cold for another week or longer, according to Vince Godon, weather service meteorologist.

"It's always tough to tell this far out," he said. "If we get clouds moving in, that throws it off. Every day, it gets a little bit warmer."

This year's late start to spring contrasts with last year's early spring. Grand Forks set its earliest 50-degree day on March 11, 2012.

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In the mean time, those in Grand Forks can expect the gloomy weather to continue, as temperatures are expected to top out in the low 40s and high 30s, with continued clouds and light rain and snow.

The light at the end of the tunnel may be Wednesday, when clouds are expected to give way to the sun, with a forecasted high near 50 degrees.

Here's the forecast for the weekend in Grand Forks:

&bull Thursday: Mostly cloudy and blustery with a 20 percent chance of snow, high near 36 degrees.

&bull Thursday night: Partly cloudy and blustery, low near 22.

&bull Friday: Partly sunny, high near 36.

&bull Saturday: Partly sunny, high near 40.

&bull Sunday: Cloudy with a chance of rain and snow, high near 43.

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Call Jeffries at (701) 780-1105; (800) 477-6572, ext. 1105; or send email to rjeffries@gfherald.com .

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