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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. – A warm weekend will offer a taste of what's to come for April, but it's not a joke – it's going to take a while for the warm weather to stick around.

For many, the misery of this winter season is very fresh in their minds, but KARE 11 Meteorologist Laura Betker said that just beyond the 7-day forecast lies a glimmer of hope.

After five straight months of below-average monthly temperatures, Mother Nature's mood could be improving, Betker added.

Long-range computer models suggest warmer weather ahead for the second week of April.

Instead of 20s and 30s spread across the state, Minnesotans can hope for more consistent 50s and 60s.

That means sprouting spring flowers, perhaps a few buds on the trees, and better yet, minuscule snow piles.

Of course, a forecast made roughly 10 days in advance isn't the most accurate, but it should be enough to get Minnesotans through another week with snow in the forecast.

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