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Northland sees record-high temperatures

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Ice fisherman set up their poles after drilling holes through the ice on Lake Superior on Wednesday afternoon. (Samantha Erkkila / serkkila@duluthnews.com)2 / 2

Wednesday's warm weather set records in parts of the Northland.

International Falls recorded a record high of 48 degrees on Wednesday, the National Weather Service reported. That broke the previous Feb. 14 record of 43 degrees, set in 1999, and was 26 degrees above normal.

Ashland set a record with a high of 48 degrees; the previous Feb. 14 record was 45 degrees, set in 1999.

Hibbing tied a record with a high of 45 degrees; that mark had been previously reached on Feb. 14, 1999.

Duluth did not reach a record high; the airport's high of 42 degrees was 6 degrees off the Feb. 14 record of 48, set in 1882. But the high temperature was 18 degrees above normal for the date.

The unseasonable warmth won't stick around — but there are no extreme arctic outbreaks in the forecast, either. The Weather Service said temperatures should fall through the 20s today as a cold front moves through the region, bringing a chance for snow during the day.

After overnight lows in the single digits below zero in Duluth, highs on Friday should be in the teens, with mid-20s possible on Saturday. There's a chance for some accumulating snow on Sunday, the Weather Service reported.

The average high temperature for Duluth at this time of year is about 24 degrees; the average low is about 6 above zero.

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