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Dakotas in store for a winter warm-up

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Out with the Arctic, in with the Pacific.

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Just three days after the weather was so cold it prompted many schools in the Dakotas to call off classes, temperatures across the two states Thursday are expected to be in the teens, 20s, 30s, and even 40s.

National Weather Service meteorologist Janine Vining says the Arctic blast that blew through the region early this week is history, and warmer Pacific air is causing a warm-up.

High temps are expected to remain in the 20s, 30s and 40s through the weekend. That compares to the minus teens and 20s on Monday, and wind chills that day as low as the minus 50s.

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