Another winter warm up on the way for St. Louis

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CLAYTON, MO (KTVI)-Beyond the rain and snow mix possible Tuesday morning, many who have seen the extended forecast are focusing on something else, another stretch of spring-like weather for St. Louis.

The saying goes, “If you don’t like the weather in St. Louis, wait five minutes and it will change.” Well, it won’t be five minutes. But temperatures of 20 degrees above normal are expected by Friday. That kind of warm up can excite those who want to get outside minus all the layers. But it can be a problem for some outdoor winter themed activities.  Workers at the Shaw Park Ice Rink will work extra hard to keep the ice solid for their second to last weekend of skating this season and their big Skater Appreciation Day Sunday. Also, for those looking to get in an outdoor walk or run, melting snow will lead to quite a muddy mess.

With El Nino in place this winter season, above-normal temperatures and slightly drier condition were expected across the Midwest. This does not mean that cold weather doesn’t occur, but extreme cold temperatures just don’t stick around as long. For example, back on January 10, the high was just 18 degrees. But just four days later we climbed to 66 for a high.  And remember Groundhog Day, St. Louis topped out at 66 degrees.

So get ready to put away the heavy winter coats and boots once again. But it’s only February 15, so winter likely has a few more surprises in store for us.