Jennifer Edwards Baker reports:
Spring officially started at 7:02 a.m. Wednesday, but it will felt more like the first day of winter. The daytime high temperature will only reach 36 degrees, about 20 degrees below normal.
Frigid air blasting down from Canada and the northern plains also could bring a few snow flurries or showers late Wednesday, but no accumulation is expected, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
The cold snap will stick around through week’s end and into early next week, said meteorologist Allen Randall.
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Temperatures will hover in the mid-30s through Thursday before finally breaking the 40s Friday and staying there through Monday. Wind chills will be in the 20s and 30s.
Overnight lows will be in the upper 20s.
It will remain dry with a mix of sun and clouds.
The forecast is a stark contrast to last March, the warmest for Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky since the weather service began keeping such records in the 1800s.
The first day of spring on March 20, 2012, saw a high temperature of 83 degrees, Randall said.