Much warmer air is projected to move into the northern plains next week as the upper-level wind flow becomes more zonal. Zonal is a term that means more west to east. That type of flow brings the relatively warmer air over the northern Pacific Ocean into our region. With all the snow on the ground our potential maximums are held down to a large degree. Yet, given the projected air mass over the region and compare that to other years with similar snow cover, it clearly is not out of the question that some, all, but some locations would record maximums around 40 degrees for at least a day next week. Something fun to think about on a cold winters day today.