By Todd Nelson, filling in for Paul Douglas:

A major winter storm continues today for cities in the mid-Atlantic to parts of the Northeast. This crippling event will dump a whopping 1 to 2 feet or more in locations with winds gusting to near 50 mph, which could create blizzard conditions from Washington, D.C., to New York City this weekend. Significant icing across parts of the region could be even more devastating than the historic snowfall amounts. Yep, this is the big one.

For us, a much more sublime weather pattern has moved in. It's not nearly as Arctic as it was over the past couple of weekends. In fact, temperatures will be nearly 40 to 50 degrees higher than they were last Sunday morning, when they dipped into the 10s, 20s and even 30s below zero across the state. I am reminded of one of my favorite movies, "Grumpy Old Men," when Walter Matthau as Max Goldman walks to the mailbox singing the tune, "Heat Wave."

Our Minnesota "heat wave" sticks around through next week with light snow accumulations by Monday.