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This is February Weather?

In recent days, Northfielders have been waking up to hoar frost and near-freezing temperatures, quite a departure from our typical snowy and brisk winter weather.

So, this is February weather?

Instead of icy winds and snowflakes typically experienced in early February, Northfielders have been waking up to dense fog and hoar frost in recent days. And Saturday morning was no different.

The barren trees on both banks of the Cannon River, as well as the dried-up plants and empty bushes along Division Street, were covered with ice crystals that, from a distance, resembled a light coating of snow.

But, if you have spent any amount of time in Northfield recently, you know snow is in short supply. And according to the weather forecast, no new flakes are in sight.

High temperatures for Northfield are expected to reach into the high 30s today and into the 40 Sunday and Monday, says today’s National Weather Service forecast. While temperatures are expected to cool to near-normal levels later this week, no precipitation is expected that this time.

According to the weather service’s office in Chanhassen, Northfield and its neighboring cities have received 14.9 inches of snow so far this winter. That’s nearly 20 inches below normal.

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