Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - It warmed up early Tuesday in the Rochester area and temperatures climbed into the low 30’s by noon - a 60 degree swing from Sunday when temps plunged into the minus 20’s.

This is the first time in 2 weeks the official Rochester temperature has risen above freezing.

Strong winds caused blowing snow Tuesday morning and the warmer weather led to a sudden melting of last week’s snow, which contributed to numerous traffic mishaps in the area. Area public safety officials were busy throughout Olmsted County and other areas in southeastern Minnesota into early afternoon.

Above average temperatures may continue all week and there will be a chance of mixed precipitation Christmas Day.

Oh, and winter officially begins at 4:44 a.m. Wednesday (winter solstice).