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Answer for "When Will Spring Finally Arrive?"

Despite cold air plunging across the eastern half of the U.S. during the first few days of April, there are signs that spring will get the upper hand over winter in the not too distant future.

The atmospheric roadblock that has kept the door open for cold air to drain southward from Canada--as is currently the case--should finally erode by mid-April.

As the door shuts on the cold air, another will open for a prolonged spell of mild temperatures east of the Mississippi River.

Meteorologist Mark Paquette, a member of the AccuWeather.com Long Range Forecasting Team, expects that spell to commence after this upcoming weekend (April 6-7) and last seven to ten days.

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Residents will finally get to enjoy activities outdoors without having to bundle up, but those in the Midwest and Northeast should not break out the shorts and swimsuits just yet.

"While there could be a couple of these days, I do not see a prolonged stretch where high temperatures rise 10 degrees above normal each day," stated Paquette.

Residents of the Midwest, mid-Atlantic and Northeast should also hold off putting away your late winter/early spring jackets and apparel. Paquette anticipates that the mild air will not hold through all of spring.

"At the end of April and early May, watch for another change in the weather pattern to bring a cloudy, cool and dreary spell."

Unlike last year's warm spring, cold air is definitely not giving up without a fight this spring.