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Winter returns to the Midwest



Published: Sat, April 23, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



ASSOCIATED PRESS

More than a month after spring's official start, old man winter is coming back to the Midwest for a visit.

Snow began falling in parts of the region Saturday, with up to 1 foot expected in eastern Michigan and northern Ohio by tonight, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures will be well below normal with a freeze warning posted into this morning for much of Ohio and winds gusting to 35 mph.

Spring began March 20.

In Detroit, snow was mixed with rain for much of the morning, but it had changed over to snow before noon.

The Detroit Tigers postponed their afternoon game against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park, while multiple college baseball and softball games across southeast Michigan were also postponed or canceled.

The rain-snow mix didn't prevent people from flocking to an Ohio State spring football game in Columbus on Saturday afternoon. Fans wore ponchos over their winter coats and drank coffee to try to stay warm.

Joe Drummelsmith, whose son is a redshirt freshman linebacker for the Buckeyes, shivered as he ate a hot dog in front of a concession stand.

"Last year we got sunburned it was so hot. This is pretty nasty, but it's worth it. It almost feels like fall," he said.

The late snow could wreak havoc on gardeners who have used the recent run of dry, warm weather to plant flowers and trees.

The National Weather Service said after the snow finishes Monday, temperatures should return to the 50s for much of the region.

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