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Warm weather set to slow the Beargrease

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DULUTH,MN-

As the Beargrease nears, we can now see how the weather conditions may help or hinder the racers' performance.

With Temperatures forecast to be in the 30's, race officials say those mild temps could slow the pace of the race.

This time of the year is normally when we see some of the coldest temps, and officials say that is a big reason the race is scheduled when it is.

Monica Hendrickson spokesperson for the Beargrease say, the trails have plenty of snow, but the mild temps could change how they run the race.

"We've actully been talking to a couple of mushers and they say the snow conditions are amazing, but they're probably going to change their stradigy a little bit if it gets too warm during the day, they'll probably rest during the day, and then run in the evenings and early moring, and look at whats best for their team." She Said.

She says the perfect temperature for the dogs are when temps are sub-zero, but these warmer temps will make for a more comfortable experience for spectators.

And a list for the timing of all the events can be found here.

Meteorologist Alex Libby

I have lived my entire life in Maine, just North of Portland in the town of Freeport. I studied Meteorology at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire and minored in Mathematics. I have been interested in Meteorology since I was about 5 years old. I played hockey until college and I played baseball throughout my time at PSU. So far I have loved the Duluth area and I’m excited for lots of snow and -60 degree windchills.

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