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Warm temps break records in Grand Forks, Fargo on Thursday

A balmy day in the Red River Valley led to the fall of several high temperature records Thursday. Grand Forks broke daily high temperature records at two locations. The National Weather Service office near the UND campus and Grand Forks Internati...

Maribeth McGovern
Maribeth McGoven follows the lead of her dog, Jake, as she skiis in Lincoln Park on an unseasonably warm January afternoon. Herald photo by Eric Hylden.

A balmy day in the Red River Valley led to the fall of several high temperature records Thursday.

Grand Forks broke daily high temperature records at two locations.

The National Weather Service office near the UND campus and Grand Forks International Airport both recorded a high of 46 degrees -- breaking the old record of 42 set in 1984 at both locations.

Thermometers in Fargo reached 54 degrees, shattering the old record of 40 set in 1984. The city also tied its record for the highest temperature recorded in January which was set on Jan. 20, 1908.

Average high temperatures for the Red River Valley are usually around 15 degrees at this time in January, according to the weather service.

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Forecast

Here is the weather service's forecast for Grand Forks:

- Friday: Scattered flurries. Partly sunny, with a high near 36. Breezy, with a west northwest wind between 14 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

- Friday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. West northwest wind between 9 and 13 mph.

- Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 27. Northwest wind between 5 and 9 mph.

- Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 10. West wind between 5 and 7 mph.

- Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 30.

- Sunday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.

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- Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 42.

- Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 22.

- Tuesday: A slight chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 37.

- Tuesday night: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18.

- Wednesday: A slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy and blustery, with a high near 21.

- Wednesday night: Cloudy, with a low around 2.

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