INDIANAPOLIS - The calendar says it is spring, but the temperature gauge begs to differ.
The first day of spring was well below normal, with a high temperature in Indianapolis topping out around freezing.
To put that in perspective, a high of 32 is below the average high in the coldest part of the year and more than 20 degrees below the average high of 54.
The winter that won't go away follows spring of 2012, which was hardly normal with temperatures soaring into the 70s and 80s.
On the first day of spring last year, Indianapolis set a record high of 83.
Thursday won't be any better, with the high again expected to be in the low 30s.
"That's our trend with this drier air that we have in the forecast," said StormTeam 6 meteorologist Ashley Brown. "We're dry and we're sunny, but we're still cold with high pressure in control."
A slow warm-up is ahead moving into the weekend, with Friday's high expected around 40.
But temperatures are expected to stay well below normal through the first part of next week, with highs expected in the low 40s.
Dammann's Lawn and Garden Center, which was bustling with business this time last year, has been slower lately.
"Last year was not normal," said Lorie Farr, with Dammann's. "This is more along the normal lines. We're not as busy as last year due to the weather."