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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - The buzz on social media about it being warmer in Alaska than here in Minnesota was not unnoticed.

Many would appreciate even a taste of Alaska's winter this year.

Meteorologist David George from the NBC station in Anchorage offered some perspective.

"It's not, like the bitterly cold iceberg frozen tundra kind of scenario that you think of," he begins.

While Minnesota is struggling to even make it above zero, Anchorage is melting!

In general, if Alaska is warm, we are cold. If we're warm, they're cold.

"As warmer Pacific air is coming into Alaska, it's forcing the polar air through Yukon, northwest territories, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and into your area. And then when you become warmer with Pacific air from the west coast, then we're getting the polar air," explains George.

Side-by-side, there's a big difference between the two states. Even though average temperatures on Tuesday are very similar, The forecasted highs were 43 degrees apart! If winter ended today it would be the eighth warmest for Anchorage and the 13th coldest for the Twin Cities.

At least one point in Minnesotan's favor is more daylight hours in this cold season.

George says, "It's not even daylight until 10:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. something like that, and so we're probably getting dark about an hour or so sooner than you do but it takes about three hours longer to get light in the morning."

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