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    Quick-Hitting Snowstorm for Chicago, Detroit Friday

    By By Dan DePodwin, meteorologist/online journalist
    March 17, 2013, 12:10:00 PM EDT

    After the week began with a brief taste of spring in Chicago and much of the Midwest, it will end on a more wintry note Friday. A fast-moving Alberta Clipper will spread a swath of light snow from North Dakota to Michigan to close the week.

    Snow will make for slippery roads Friday morning in places such as Fargo, N.D., Minneapolis and St. Cloud, Minn., and La Crosse, Wis., as the clipper begins its eastward trek.

    While not a heavy snow event, even just a small coating of snow on the roads can be enough to cause spin outs and accidents.

    The snow is expected to spread into eastern Wisconsin and across Lake Michigan during the afternoon, impacting the cities of Madison, Wis., and Grand Rapids and Detroit, Mich., into the evening.

    Motorists traveling I-39, I-43, I-90 and I-94 in Wisconsin along with I-75 and I-90 in Michigan should take extra caution later in the afternoon. Temperatures will hover near the freezing mark, causing untreated surfaces to become slick.

    Residents of Chicago can expect a mix of rain and snow by late in the day with a slushy accumulation through Friday night.

    Although the swath of snow associated with this system will be quite narrow, locales in the center of the zone from La Crosse, Wis., to Lansing, Mich., can pick up as much as 4 inches of fresh snow.

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    This clipper marks the edge of a very cold Canadian air mass pressing southward. The chill will make its way into the Midwest and Great Lakes in the wake of the system for the weekend. Temperatures will struggle to reach 30 in many places Saturday, making a heavy jacket, hat and gloves necessary.

    This cold spell is in sharp contrast to the record warmth experienced at the same time last year. On this date in 2012, Chicago reached 81 degrees while Detroit climbed to 77!

    Those looking for some summerlike warmth will need to fly south to places like Texas, where some locations will flirt with the 90-degree mark Friday.

    Looking ahead to next week, "there are no major signs pointing to a pronounced warmup," AccuWeather.com meteorologist Anthony Sagliani discusses.

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