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Temperatures are forecast to reach the low 80s Sunday finally putting an end to a month of record cold and snowfall.

The thermometer will hover in the 70s through Tuesday, then dip to the 50s, according to the National Weather Service in North Platte.

April snowstorms caused many records to fall, and brought extreme temperature swings from Colorado to Minnesota, according to a report from Accuweather.

The storm in the Plains April 20-23 appeared to be the caboose of the storm train -- with the weather pattern finally easing, Accuweather said.

"There are no more major cold outbreaks in the pipeline," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jim Andrews said Tuesday.

However, cooler air may still be unleashed over the northern Plains at times into May, according to AccuWeather Forecaster Paul Pastelok, but the temperature swings that occur into May will be more typical of spring tha to the extremes that were prevalent in April.

Heavy snow melt brings the threat of major flooding along Red River of the northern U.S.

"You can only hold back reality for so long. The sudden return of reality [this weekend] means that the snow is going to disappear very fast," Andrews said.

Cold, snow in April

A total of 995 daily snowfall records were broken as of April 22, according to the National Climatic Data Center.

As a comparison, last year during the same timeframe, 195 snowfall records were broken.

According to NOAA, 91.9 percent of the Upper Midwest is still covered by snow whereas only 0.4 percent of the Upper Midwest was covered by snow a year ago.

Duluth, Minn., had a record daily snowfall of 8.2 inches Monday.

The old record of 7.8 inches was set in 1972.

Duluth has had the snowiest month ever with a total 51.0 inches. Previously, the snowiest month on record for Duluth was November 1991, when 50.1 inches fell.

A record month snowfall was set at Pierre, S.D., with 20.8 inches so far. The old record April snowfall was 17.5 inches in 1986.

Rapid City, S.D., received a total of 43.4 inches of snow so far in April -- more snow than the city typically receives during the entire season, which is 41.4 inches.

Snow and cold made it all the way down into Texas on Tuesday morning. In Childress, the high was 92 on Monday, but then temperatures plunged into the 30s overnight and snow arrived.

Bulletin Editor George Lauby contributed to this report.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 4/23/2013
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