115 schools close as coldest weather in years and lake snow batter Northern Michigan
Northern Michigan along with the rest of the Great Lakes region will settle in for two extremely cold days before a remarkable rebound in temperatures occurs later this week.
We had at least 115 schools close Monday across Northern Michigan due to a nasty combination of lake effect snow/blowing snow along with dangerously cold Wind Chills in the forecast. While we started the day with single digits and even teens, those temperatures will actually fall Monday and as wind ramps up, wind chill readings will tumble into the dangerous -15F to -25F range.
Lake effect snow will also roll in off of both Lake Superior and Lake Michigan which when married with gusty winds will lead to reduced visibility and extensive blowing/drifting of snow. While it will be cold everywhere, the worst of the snow and reduced visibility will be along/west of highway US-131 in Lower Michigan and along/north of highway M-28 in the Eastern Upper Peninsula.
Snow totals will be highest along the Lake Michigan shoreline counties from Charlevoix County south to Ludington where 3-7" of snow is forecasted through Tuesday night. North of Newberry, 6-10" of snow is possible.
The core of the coldest weather will sit over us Monday night and early Tuesday with Wind Chill readings falling into the -20F to -40F range Monday night with continued blowing/drifting of snow. Another ice cold day on tap Tuesday with single digit highs and wind chill readings again in the -15F to -30F range.
All of Northern Michigan is under a Wind Chill Warning through 7 p.m. Tuesday night. Make sure to check on the elderly and also keep your pets warm with fresh food and water.
Lake effect snow will end early Wednesday with some sunshine returning to the forecast. Highs Wednesday climb back into the teens, with 20's Thursday and by Friday, we actually get back close to the freezing mark with low-30's forecasted.