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DETROIT -- Auto shows have reputations. Frankfurt = huge. Tokyo = small cars. Detroit = crummy weather.

Sure enough, a snowstorm hit Detroit Thursday afternoon.

We've had an incredibly mild winter. The massive snowstorms that buried the U.S. East Coast and Great Plains skipped Detroit. All we had -- until yesterday -- was a dusting or two of snow. As of this morning, the official report says we've had 11 inches this season, against a norm of 41 inches -- and 83 inches last year.

Next week won't be all bad, either. On Wednesday, the temperature might rise above freezing. But, of course, on Monday, when the number of out-of-towners in Detroit for the auto show's press day will peak, it's supposed to snow again.

We'd hate to disappoint.