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EASTER SUN-DAY: Minnesotans soak in 70-degree day

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As chilly as Easter was last year and with the long winter in recent memory, it was impossible to ignore the wonderful weather that settled in on Sunday, bringing sunshine and soft breezes to the metro.

"It's been a very, very long winter, and we just love the sun and we're happy," Emerson Massie told Fox 9 News. "It's a great day to have the sunshine out, especially on Easter.

Just last week, snow flakes were flying -- leaving hundreds of motorists stuck in slow traffic of sliding into ditches. Days later, families were flocking to local parks for outdoor sports, grilling and to take in the first taste of a true spring day.

"We can only hope that this is it, but who knows?" See Vang said.

Last year, the high temperature on Easter was just 42 degrees, but this Sunday saw a seasonally appropriate high of 73. That rise in temperatures certainly lifted spirits.

"It's like a little bit of heaven in Minnesota after a long winter," Heather Porter said.

In fact, those who gathered at Medicine Lake said it even felt a bit like healing.

"I feel very free and happy," Deva Syam said. "I'm glad it's hot. It's a beautiful day today."

Although the thermometer may not hit 73 for the rest of the week, the rainy days hitting the mid-50s in the forecast are far more welcome than sub-zero temperatures and snow blowers.

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