HOUGHTON - Spring may start Wednesday, but winter isn't finished with the Copper Country.
Don Rolfson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township, said a weather system from the Great Plains is already at Duluth, Minn. and is moving east.
"It should be reaching the Keweenaw Peninsula sometime this afternoon," he said.
Rolfson said the leading edge of the system, which should reach the Keweenaw between noon and 2 p.m. today, will bring 4 to 5 inches of snow, with not much difference between the higher and lower elevations, initially.
The snowfall will begin to get heavier from 3 to 9 p.m., Rolfson said.
Winds will pick up this afternoon, also, coming from the northwest, which will bring lake-enhanced snows to the area. Winds will be 30 to 35 mph.
"There's going to be a lot of blowing snow," he said.
Rolfson said 8 to 18 inches of snow should fall, between late tonight and Wednesday, depending on location.
Temperatures today will be in the low 30s, which Rolfson said is normal for this time of year. However, Tuesday and Wednesday temperatures will reach only the low 20s.
"For March, that's a little bit cold," he said.
By Thursday, Rolfson said there should be just a few snow showers, and Friday and Saturday it should be clear with temperatures in the 20s.
Wednesday should be the worst for the current system moving through the area, Rolfson said.
Because the snow pack isn't getting a chance to gradually melt at the end of March, Rolfson said April could present some problems with flooding, depending on how rapidly temperatures warm up.
"We'll wait and see how that works out next month," he said.