Many Cochranites have been asking the same question this week: Has spring started?

Next week's forecast shows the answer.

weatherWinter returns next week in Cochrane (Photo/Environment Canada)

"There's a couple of weather systems moving through over the next few days," explains Terri Lang, meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada. "Saturday we'll see some snow and slightly cooler temperatures, not too much in the way of accumulation, maybe up to 5 centimetres."

"Temperatures rebound again on Sunday, ahead of another weather system, but as that system moves through Sunday into Monday, there's a big push of arctic air coming in behind, so we're really going to see the temperatures take a nosedive on Monday and by Tuesday morning, it's going to be quite cold."

"Temperatures going below -20 with wind chill values and probably colder than that."

Lang says Cochrane could see the warmth return after Wednesday.

You can view the long-range forecast for Cochrane HERE.