More warm temperature records fall in the Northern Plains

AP News
Posted: Jan 28, 2015 9:29 AM

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Warm Pacific air blanketing the Dakotas continues to set records in the two states, with temperatures reaching into the 50s, 60s and even 70s.

National Weather Service reports show record-high temperatures for the date were set Tuesday in Bismarck, Dickinson and Williston in western North Dakota, and in Rapid City in western South Dakota. It reached 73 degrees at the Rapid City airport.

Rapid City and Bismarck also set record high overnight lows on Tuesday.

Forecasters say the jet stream moved to the north and allowed the warm Pacific air to flow in early this week. A lack of snow also is contributing to the warmth.

But colder weather is on the way. Overnight lows this weekend could be as cold as 15 degrees below zero in northeastern North Dakota.