More than 200 high temperature records were broken yesterday. NBC's Kevin Tibbles reports.
Record-breaking warmth engulfed portions of the Midwest Thursday afternoon. Temperatures have reached up to 40 degrees above early January averages in North Dakota.
Daily record highs have been set in Des Moines, Iowa (65 degrees), Rapid City, S.D. (73 degrees), International Falls, Minn. (46 degrees), St. Louis, Mo. (66 degrees) and Fargo, N.D. (55 degrees), to name a few locations.
Although the record warmth subsides on Friday for the Plains, the mild air mass will bully its way eastward.
Below are images showing the forecast highs for Friday and how far above average these temperatures will be.
Friday's Forecast Departures from Average