Chilly weather will be story for the first day of spring in the Upper Midwest preceded by some midweek snow.
A swath of accumulating snowfall is forecast to spread from northern Wisconsin through southern Ontario on Wednesday with some spots picking up half a foot of snow.
Motorists in this area should be aware of slick roadways, while those hitting the slopes will receive some fresh powder for late-season skiing.
Although the heaviest snow will miss cities such as Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis and Madison, a few snow showers are still expected for Wednesday and Wednesday night leaving little or no accumulation.
The next push of cold air will move over the area in the wake of this storm, just in time for the first day of spring.
Spring officially starts Thursday at 11:57 a.m. CDT.
The Upper Midwest will be one of the few parts of the country with below-normal temperatures for the first day of spring as milder weather briefly surges across the Plains and up the East Coast.
Although temperatures are expected to moderate a bit by Friday, yet another push of frigid arctic air is in store for the weekend.
Daytime temperatures over the weekend will be limited to the teens and lower 20s followed by overnight lows nearing the 0-degree mark.
This is the equivalent of 15 to 20 degrees below normal for the region, making it feel more like the first weekend of winter rather than the first weekend of spring.
The first full week of spring doesn't look to be much warmer as the arctic air holds over the region.
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