DETROIT (WWJ) – The official first day of spring began, in metro Detroit, with high hopes, snow flurries, and temperatures in the 20s.

But now that spring has technically sprung, can we expect things to heat up quickly?

Sorry, but no, according to WWJ AccuWeather Meteorologist Dr. Joe Sobel.

“Well, it is spring but it’s not going to feel very much like it over the next few says,” Sobel said.

“The old polar vortex is gonna rally again and make another move to the south by the end of the weekend,” he said, “so the temperature trend, unfortunately — although it’s upward tomorrow — will be reversed as we go through the weekend.”

Sobel said the forecast isn’t too bad for Thursday and Friday, with highs reaching into the 40s, and some breaks in the clouds. Temperatures are expected to drop back down into the upper teens, though, in some of the northern suburbs in the overnight hours.

A little good news, Sobel said, “No big snowstorms are in sight, so I guess that’s a positive.”

This week’s slightly more tolerable weather has been drawing some more optimistic folks out to Belle Isle.

Talking to WWJ there on Thursday, Sean Gibson of Detroit said he has plenty of activities planned for the season. “I’ll get out here, enjoy Belle Isle, fish and run and swim — enjoy the outdoors!”

Here’s the complete forecast from the CBS Detroit weather team:

Thursday Night: Mainly clear. Low near 25F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

Friday: Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High 44F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph.
Friday Night: Light rain early. Decreasing clouds late. Low 36F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Saturday: Partly to mostly cloudy. High around 45F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.
Saturday Night: Cloudy. Low 24F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.

Sunday: Partly cloudy skies. High 34F. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph.
Sunday Night: Clear to partly cloudy. Low 19F. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph.

Monday: Partly cloudy skies in the morning will give way to cloudy skies during the afternoon. High 34F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.
Monday Night: Considerable cloudiness. Low 23F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

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