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Published February 15, 2011, 08:43 AM

Snow banks quickly shrink during week of warmer temperatures

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Take a look around. The snow is disappearing, or is it? These warmer temperatures are quickly shrinking snow banks and clearing streets of ice and snow. And with two days left of sun, everyone is hoping the massive melt continues.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

At about ten this morning, we stuck this measuring stick into a snow bank. At that time, we had a measurement of 12 inches of snow. 8-hours later, you won't believe what has disappeared.

When Keith Malakowsky trudges across a Moorhead Park to measure snow, this observer for the National Weather Service has been pleasantly surprised lately.

KEITH MALAKOWSKY - Observer-National Weather Service: “She's really dropped. I was running 20 inches at the end of the month and now it is down to 13.”

But despite a lot of this welcome light, a warm sphere of sun we have missed so much this winter, our warm temps are clearing streets of misery, but the snow banks are not really melting away. They are self destructing.

DARYL RITCHISON - WDAY Meteorologist: “We are not really moving a lot of water, very trivial. All we are doing is settling the snow. So the airiness is going away is just compressing.”

Psychologically, all these drips and rivers of water certainly cannot hurt us as we weather this remainder of winter. A reprieve before we hit the deep freeze this weekend. And remember we stuck this measuring stick into this snow bank at ten this morning. At the time we recorded 12-inches of snow. 8-hours later, it has dropped to 9.