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Bitter Winter Cold Pauses For Springlike Weather

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By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Given the bitterly cold conditions we've had recently, some of us are ready for spring to get here now. But today's unseasonably warm temperatures caught some cold weather fans by surprise. And if you've lived in Idaho for any length of time, you know winter's not over yet.

Every once in a while, we have what long time residents call a "real" winter here in Southern Idaho. Depending on whether you're in the mountains or the valleys, temperatures can plummet below freezing, and sometimes below zero. That can make it tough to start your vehicle.

Local driver Jessica Manning says, "My truck in the morning is always cold, I don't like that. But other than that, I guess it's not too bad."

Temperatures shot up to 40 degrees and above this afternoon, melting some of the snow we've had since just after Christmas. One man moved a thousand miles from Arizona to Idaho a year ago to get away from the heat, so he doesn't mind the snow or the cold at all.

George Ortiz says, "I like the nice cool air, I hope it doesn't warm up. My girlfriend and I came here a year ago, and it was snowing a lot. I like the snow, I wish we'd get more snow."

Many local people are ready for the bitterly cold winter temperatures to be over and done. But Ortiz and another local resident have been making the best of their winter sporting opportunities.

Cross-country skier Judee Golay says, "I'm bummed that it's warmed up and it's not snowing. Because I was enjoying cross-country skiing out through the back of my farm, connecting with other farms and along the canal bank. And I didn't have to drive anywhere to go cross-country skiing, so I was looking forward to it snowing more."

Jan. 24, 2013.


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