After a frigid start where parts of Northern Michigan dipped to -31F Tuesday morning, another quick hitting storm system will bring blowing and drifting snow to the area Christmas Day wreaking havoc on area roads.
This unrelenting weather pattern will keep on with no sign of breaking anytime soon. Both Gaylord along with Pellston broke record low temperatures Tuesday morning for the date that have stood since 1969. Pellston tanked out at -24F with Gaylord down to -19F. We had a -31F report from Dafter in Chippewa County and -26F was noted at Pickford where skies had cleared overnight.
In the meantime, lake effect snow continued near Lake Michigan south of the Leelanau Peninsula thanks to a north wind. Overall on Christmas Eve, although it will be chilly with highs in the upper-single digits and teens, some sunshine will be noted.
The weather will once again take a turn for the worse late Tuesday night into Christmas Day as a compact Clipper type weather system over the Northern Plains sweeps in. The primary issue with this particular system for Christmas will be the wind which will really ramp up Christmas morning leading to what could be extensive blowing/drifting on area roads. Snow amounts will not be all that heavy, on the order of 1-3" for most of Northern Michigan, but across the Eastern Upper Peninsula (especially Western Mackinac County) along US-2 and from the Leelanau Peninsula southward right along Lake Michigan including Frankfort/Manistee/Arcadia/Ludington, snow amounts will be higher with 4-8" totals possible.
Either way, travel will be complicated Christmas Day by snow and wind. Highs on Christmas will be in the 20's with lingering lake effect snow showers carrying on into Thursday.