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Plains to Bask in Springlike Warmth Into Next Week

While the calendar may read early February, it will feel more like early May across the Plains through the weekend and into the start of next week.

Winter coats will start to gather dust as temperatures approach record levels several days in a row. This translates to highs 20 to 30 degrees above normal.

The warmest air will focus on a zone stretched from western Texas through eastern Colorado where highs are forecast to climb into the 70s each day through Monday.

Some areas in this zone could even top out above the 80-degree mark on Saturday.

Folks looking to spend some time outdoors this weekend shouldn't have to worry about unsettled weather ruining their plans as dry conditions will accompany the warm spell.

Sunshine and near-record warmth will continue to eat away at the snow cover across the Plains, which is already running below normal for this time of year.

This is partly due to the mild pattern that closed out the month of January. By the end of the weekend, much of the Plains could be left with little to no snow on the ground.

Hikers and mountaineers planning to head up into the mountains will still encounter feet of snow, however.

The layers of snow that have accumulated on the mountains so far this winter paired with the warmer weather could become a deadly combination as it can raise the risk of avalanches.

Anyone headed into the mountains should check avalanche reports and take the proper precautions to avoid being caught in an avalanche.

Mild weather is expected to hold over the Plains through the first part of the upcoming week; however, this pattern will begin to break down as the week progresses.

A front diving southward from Canada will deliver a shot of colder, more seasonable air to the region around the middle of the week.

This front can also bring the next chance of rain or snow to the region, although the arrival and the intensity of the precipitation has yet to be determined.

Continue to check back with AccuWeather.com for more information concerning the return of cold air to the Plains next week.