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April showers bring May flowers, but what does an April chill bring? Snow showers, apparently.
Uncharacteristically nippy weather in the Northeast and Midwest is expected to last until Tuesday — and usher in at least two bouts of snow, according to the National Weather Service.
After above-average temperatures lasted through most of March, states from Minnesota to Massachusetts can expect temperatures to drop to about 10 to 20 degrees below average starting Saturday, said Michael Palmer, a lead forecaster at the Weather Channel.
The temperatures will feel even colder because of whipping winds, according to the NWS, which said that the Upper Midwest to the Ohio Valley and central Appalachians should expect wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph over the weekend.
Portions of the Mid-Atlantic, through New York and southern New England, could feel wind gusts of up to 60 mph.
In Dayton, Ohio, where wind gusts up to 62 mph were recorded at the city's airport, a Shell gas station roof over some pumps was toppled. Power was out for more than 28,000 customers in the state Saturday, utility companies reported. In Shelby, Ohio, a semi was reported overturned in high winds, the National Weather Service said.
Parts of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin had already accumulated more than 5 inches of snow on Saturday.
When temperatures in the Northeast drop from the 50s to the 20s and 30s on Saturday night, the snowstorm will march in that direction — setting up perfect conditions for a wet snowfall, reported Weather.com.
As the temperatures plummet throughout West Virginia to Pennsylvania, New York and New England — with single digits in the northernmost regions — more snow is expected Sunday and Monday, the NWS said.
Most areas will accumulate from 1 to 3 inches, according to Weather.com.
Palmer said temperatures in the Northeast probably won't return to the average 50s and 60s until the second week of April, but will be only 5 to 10 degrees below average starting Tuesday. A third round of snow could still fall in the region in the middle of the week, but forecast details aren't solidified yet, according to Weather.com.
Meanwhile, the Southeast was cleaning up after more than a dozen tornadoes swept through, battering parts of Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The NWS said the severe thunderstorms over the region would subside Saturday.