Spring weather has sprung a little early in the Twin Cities.
Temperatures rose to 66 degrees Tuesday afternoon at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, tying the highest record for March 10, set in 2012.
The normal temperature for the date is about 38 degrees, according to Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources climate database. The coldest March 10 on record — with a low of -17 degrees and a high of -3 — was in 1948.
Maximum temperatures have reached 50 degrees or above on that date only 12 times in the database’s 143-year history. The Twin Cities don’t typically break 60 degrees until the end of March.
Sunny skies and warmer weather Tuesday melted most of the metro’s remaining piles of snow and ice into puddles. Residents driving with their windows down or air conditioning on for the first time this season can expect warm weather through the rest of the week, with highs between 55 and 64 degrees through Saturday.