It's spring? April to begin with snow, cold temperatures in Great Lakes and Northeast

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Snow Headed to The Northeast This Week

(Weather.com) -- Much colder temperatures are set to infiltrate the Great Lakes and Northeast this weekend into early next week, setting the stage for snow in parts of those regions. This rather rude start to April follows what has been a relatively mild March in much of the central and eastern states.

The return to a regime more typical of winter is due to an incoming surge of arctic air that will push southward through central and eastern Canada and into adjacent parts of the northern United States. Fast-moving low pressure systems, known as clippers, will have just enough moisture to produce snow in locations where cold air is sufficient.

SEE MORE: What is a Clipper?

Cold, Snowy Start to April

Low pressure moves through cold air bring snow to some locations starting this weekend.

Below are the forecast details on cold temperatures followed by an overview of the snowfall potential.

RELATED: Also see the massive 2016 blizzard

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#Blizzard2016 aka Winter Storm Jonas slams the east coast
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It's spring? April to begin with snow, cold temperatures in Great Lakes and Northeast

A massive winter storm system pummeled the eastern United States in late January 2016, with two low-pressure systems merging into a potent nor’easter that dropped heavy snow from Virginia to New England. By late afternoon on Jan. 23, snowfall totals were approaching records in several states, and hurricane-force winds were battering the coastlines and leading to serious flooding. The storm was expected to continue through the morning of Jan. 24.

The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite acquired this image of the storm system at 2:15 a.m. EST on Jan. 23. It was composed through the use of the VIIRS “day-night band,” which detects faint light signals such as city lights, moonlight, airglow, and auroras. In the image, the clouds are lit from above by the nearly full Moon and from below by the lights of the heavily populated East Coast. The city lights are blurred in places by cloud cover.

(Photo via NASA)

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 23: A woman walks in strong winds and heavy snow fall in Central Park on January 23, 2016 in New York City. A major Nor'easter is hitting much of the East Coast and parts of the South as forecasts warn of up to two feet of snow in some areas. (Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A man use a skiing on a snow covered street in Manhattan in New York on January 23, 2016. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on January 23, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. US news reports said at least eight people had died by late Friday from causes related to the monster snowstorm, which is expected to last until early Sunday. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A pedestrian walks in the center of a snow-covered residential street in Washington, DC on January 23, 2016. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on January 23, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

January 22, 2016

Scott Kelly ‏(@StationCDRKelly): Massive #snowstorm blanketing #EastCoast clearly visible from @Space_Station! Stay safe! #blizzard2016 #YearInSpace

TOPSHOT - A man lays in a pile of snow in Times Square on January 23, 2016 in New York. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on January 23, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. US news reports said at least eight people had died by late Friday from causes related to the monster snowstorm, which is expected to last until early Sunday. / AFP / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
CAPE MAY, NEW JERSEY - JANUARY 23: Waves crash on the beach on January 23, 2016 in Cape May, New Jersey. A major snowstorm is upon the East Coast this weekend with some areas expected to receive over a foot of snow. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 22: Nuns from the Fraternite Notre-Dame in Chicago, Illinois are covered in newly fallen snow as they walk along Constitution Avenue while snow begins to accumulate January 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. A major snowstorm is forecasted for the East Coast this weekend with some areas expected to receive up to 1-2 feet of snow. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Snow covers cars parked in Washington on January 23, 2016. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on Saturday, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. US news reports said at least eight people had died by late Friday from causes related to the monster snowstorm, which is expected to last until early Sunday. / AFP / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A man pushing a snow plough during a snowstorm January 22, 2016 in New York. / AFP / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images)
A man walks on snow covered Thomas Circle in Washington on January 23, 2016. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on Saturday, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. US news reports said at least eight people had died by late Friday from causes related to the monster snowstorm, which is expected to last until early Sunday. / AFP / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 22: A snowplow cleans up snow on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the U.S. Capitol January 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. A winter snowstorm is forecasted for the East Coast this weekend with prediction of up to 30 inches of snow for the DC area. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - The White House is seen during a snowstorm in Washington January 22, 2016. Thousands of flights were cancelled and supermarket shelves were left bare Friday as millions of Americans hunkered down for a winter storm expected to dump historic amounts of snow in the eastern United States. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - People cross 15ht Street during a snowstorm in Washington January 22, 2016. Thousands of flights were cancelled and supermarket shelves were left bare Friday as millions of Americans hunkered down for a winter storm expected to dump historic amounts of snow in the eastern United States. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A Homeless covers from the snow in Central park on January 23, 2016 in New York. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on Saturday, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. US news reports said at least eight people had died by late Friday from causes related to the monster snowstorm, which is expected to last until early Sunday. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
A man walks past a restaurant during a snowstorm January 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. Thousands of flights were cancelled and supermarket shelves were left bare Friday as millions of Americans hunkered down for a winter storm expected to dump historic amounts of snow in the eastern United States. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
CHAPEL HILL, NC - JANUARY 22: Vehicles move along Interstate 40 as an overhead sign indicates 'Winter Weather Warning In Effect' during a winter storm on January 22, 2016 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. A major snowstorm is forecasted for the East Coast this weekend with some areas getting a possible one to two feet of snow. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
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Cold Temperatures Incoming

The latest forecast guidance suggests this invasion of colder temperatures will not make it very far south in the eastern states. Areas closest to the Canadian border from the Great Lakes into the Northeast are currently forecast to see temperatures the farthest below average Saturday into early next week.

MAP: 10-day forecast

The colder-than-average temperatures will first make their presence known in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes on Saturday and Sunday. High temperatures will be 10 to 20 degrees below where they are typically expected to be for the beginning of April in this area starting this weekend and lingering into early next week.

Highs will likely top out in the 30s and 40s for much of the Northeast and Great Lakes. Some locations near the Canadian border may not rise out of the 20s.

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Forecast Highs

Forecast highs for April 2-4, 2016.

Low temperatures will be in the 20s and 30s for much of the Upper Midwest and interior Northeast, with teens likely near the Canadian border from northern Minnesota to northern New England.

Wind chills Sunday morning may be in the single digits and teens across most of the Great Lakes. By Monday morning a swath from the Great Lakes to New England could see wind chills in the single digits and teens.

Forecast AM Lows

Forecast morning low temperatures April 2-4, 2016.

Clippers to Bring Snow

With the cold air in place, two rounds of snow are possible in parts of the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes and Northeast this weekend into early next week as a duo of low pressure systems pass through. A third system could bring even more wintry weather to those regions during the middle part of next week, but details are uncertain.

Here's an overview for the first two systems.

System #1:

  • Friday night - Saturday: Mainly light snow moves from northern Minnesota to northern Wisconsin and Michigan.
  • Saturday night: The area of low pressure pushes toward New England with snow or a rain/snow mixture expected from the mountains of West Virginia to Pennsylvania, New York and New England.
  • Sunday: Snow continues in eastern and northern New England during the morning.
  • Accumulations: Mainly light snowfall totals of 1 to 3 inches are expected from northern Minnesota to northern Wisconsin, northern Michigan, northern Pennsylvania, Upstate New York and New England.

Saturday's Forecast

Sunday's Forecast

System #2:

  • A second area of low pressure will dive south into the Upper Midwest Sunday and then pivot through the Great Lakes and Northeast Monday into Tuesday.
  • Though details are uncertain, some accumulating snow is possible along the path of this system from northeast Minnesota to northern Michigan, northern Pennsylvania, Upstate New York and New England.
  • Below are the latest forecast maps showing areas that could see snow Monday into Monday night, though keep in mind this forecast is subject to change in the days ahead.

Monday's Forecast

NOTE: Forecast subject to change depending on path, timing of the low pressure system.

Monday Night's Forecast

NOTE: Forecast subject to change depending on path, timing of the low pressure system.

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