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Last year 80 degrees, this year 30

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  • Rick West/Daily Herald, March 2012  Last year in mid-March temperatures hovered around 80 degrees when 5-year-old Adrien Schavone of North Aurora readies his swing while playing baseball with his dad at Island Park in Geneva.

      Rick West/Daily Herald, March 2012 Last year in mid-March temperatures hovered around 80 degrees when 5-year-old Adrien Schavone of North Aurora readies his swing while playing baseball with his dad at Island Park in Geneva.

  • George LeClaire/Daily Herald, March 2012This weekend we will see snow and freezing temperatures. Last year at this time, Noah Hason, 4, pushed his friend Cayden Vaeth, 5, across his driveway in Arlington Heights.

      George LeClaire/Daily Herald, March 2012This weekend we will see snow and freezing temperatures. Last year at this time, Noah Hason, 4, pushed his friend Cayden Vaeth, 5, across his driveway in Arlington Heights.

  • Daniel White/March 2012Kim McMahon of Naperville takes advantage of record-breaking temperatures last spring along the Naperville Riverwalk, as she enjoys a relaxing lunch with her children Keira, 2, and Colin, 4, right.

      Daniel White/March 2012Kim McMahon of Naperville takes advantage of record-breaking temperatures last spring along the Naperville Riverwalk, as she enjoys a relaxing lunch with her children Keira, 2, and Colin, 4, right.

 
 

Last year at this time golfers were grabbing their clubs from the garage. This weekend it might be shovels.

What a difference a year makes. In mid-March 2012, the backyard grills were fired up, Little League teams took the field to practice and the daffodils were about to bloom.

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Temperatures hovered around 80 degrees. It felt more like summer than spring.

Back to reality. This weekend we can expect a frigid 30 degrees and snow showers.

"And it doesn't get a whole lot better after that. For the next week to 10 days, we will have to put spring temperatures on hold," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Tom Kines said.

And don't expect to break out the spring clothes just yet. Temperatures are expected to remain below normal.

"It's going to be tough to get up to 40 degrees for more than a day over the next 10 days," Kines said. "It's more of a wintry pattern than a springlike pattern."

Kines points out that last year was very unusual.

"80 degrees at this time of year is unbelievable," he said.

From March 14 to 22, records were set when seven of those eight days were above 80 degrees. He said, "For nine days in a row, we set record highs. We were living the good life."

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