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      First full week of spring more like deep winter

      Colder than normal temperatures and some snow welcome in the first full week of spring.

      Those desperately seeking some signs of spring warmth are going to have to keep looking as the forecast for the next week looks cold and in some cases, snowy.

      The continuation of what has already been a very cold winter will ensure that the first week of spring remains below normal. A few spots dipped below zero Saturday night, and on Sunday, a frigid northwest wind will ensure that temperatures struggle to get much higher than 20F. That is a good 20 degrees below normal for late March as our normal high temperature range across Northern Michigan is 37F-42F. A few lake induced flurries are expected Sunday although any will be light with minimal if any accumulation.

      Any sunshine early Monday will give ground to a lowering/thickening of clouds as the next weather system approaches. This will bring a round of what we expect to be light snow to Northern Michigan Monday night/Tuesday. An initial look at possible accumulation paints a broad 1-3" snowfall across the area. Still, the Tuesday morning commute could be a sloppy one.

      Later in the week as a massive storm rolls up the East Coast, another area of low pressure will organize over the Central Plains and track towards Michigan. This could be the most high impact system of the week with enough warming ahead of it, to lead to a wintry mix of snow/rain/sleet Thursday into Friday. Those areas that remain cold enough for snow could be dealing with accumulation. We will keep a watchful eye on this.

      Highs all week only in the 20's until the arrival of that system Thursday when temperatures then and Friday reach close to 40F.