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      Will it really be an early Spring?

      Well Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog, may not have a degree in meteorology or climatology, but he is confident enough to predict an early spring after not seeing his shadow Saturday morning. For reference, the calendar start of spring is March 20. As far as temperatures go, it will be warming up in the near future so maybe Phil is on to something. As for snow, we should see a few systems bring in some widespread snow over the extended forecast with lake effect in between each, but not much.

      Saturday's highs will be around 10 degrees under partly cloudy skies. The closer to Lake Superior you are, the cloudier it will be. Some lake effect showers will continue, but should not add much more snow. For Saturday night, skies will become mostly cloudy and a few more scattered snow showers are possible, but accumulations should be light. Lows will fall mainly into the single digits, but as winds take a brief shift to a more southwesterly flow, temps will warm up a bit on Sunday.

      Sunday's highs will be in the 10s mainly, but colder inland. Brisk winds will shift again out of the northwest by midday, so the northwest wind snow belts may pick up several inches of snow throughout the day, especially east of Munising. Skies will be mostly cloudy. The snow will continue Sunday night, and temperatures will drop under that persistent northwest wind to around 0 degrees and colder towards Wisconsin.

      Monday will be warmer with highs in the 10s and a few more snow showers. Tuesday will be a little warmer still with more widespread snow. By Thursday and Friday, highs could be above freezing.

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