Weather Forecast


No winter wonderland here

Unusually warm temps for January jumped into the 50s on Thursday afternoon as MnDOT crews clear the sidewalks in the background. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

So just how warm was it Thursday?

Well, that depends on who you rely on to get your weather information.

According to, the thermometer topped out at 52 degrees, shattering the 1984 record of 44, at 2:01 p.m., and tied the all-time record high in Bemidji for any day in January. The record was set in 1973.

The National Weather Service, though, recorded a high of 46, good enough for the Jan. 5 record but not the all-time January mark.

Either way, snow on homes and roads in the area melted quickly under a bright sun Thursday.

And the unseasonable weather forced outdoor ice rinks and warming houses in Bemidji to close, and postpone Skate Under the Stars and Monday night broomball, scheduled to start next week, until further notice.

A Bemidji Parks and Recreation news release said outdoor rinks will re-open when the weather cooperates - "hopefully within a week."

The Jan. 5 averages for Bemidji is a high of 16 and low of minus-3, according to the Minnesota State Climatology Office.

Those averages won't be seen for a while.

A high temperature of 33 is expected today, while the weekend should bring temperatures between 26 and 30 on Saturday and Sunday.

And the forecast could doom whatever snow is left on the ground. The forecast calls for highs near 37 on Monday and 36 on Tuesday before temperatures dip next Wednesday.

On Thursday, the January heat wave was widespread.

In Fargo, N.D., temps reached 55, which broke the city's all-time high for any day in January. According to weather records dating back to 1881, Fargo's all-time high temperature for January was 54 degrees in 1908.

Grand Forks, N.D., also has been on a hot streak, recording the warmest average temperature between Nov. 1 and Jan. 3 in the city's recorded history. The city also set a record Thursday, reaching 46 to eclipse the old mark by 4 degrees.

Forecasts called for highs in some parts of southern Minnesota to reach into the 60s.