Chris Schueller and daughter Hope photograph themselves in front of a 50-foot snowman named "Granddaddy" in Gilman, Minnesota, March 6, 2014.
Eric Miller—Reuters
By Alex Rogers
March 7, 2014

Swaths of the Midwest, northeast and the Plain states will begin to see warmer weather this weekend, escaping the freezing temperatures that have had millions of Americans bundling up all winter. Temperatures will tick up into the 40s across much of the East Coat.

The respite will be brief, however, as a cold front and potential snowstorms will emerge and move to the northeast by the middle of next week, the Weather Channel reports.

The NOAA’s U.S. National Ice Center says North America has seen the third-highest amount of snow this winter since records began in 1966, USA Today reports. After a couple more cold blasts, the end is finally in sight for millions who have become all too familiar with the dreaded Polar Vortex. Temperatures could rise over the next few months due to the El Niño weather system. The El Niño can occur every 2-7 years, according to the Weather Channel, when weaker winds allow warmer water around the equator in the Pacific Ocean to emerge, changing up the climate across the globe, particularly helping drought-stricken areas like California.

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