Spring officially arrives today as we hit the equinox with just about everywhere on the planet getting about the same amount of day and night. Looking ahead, the weather nothing like spring as temperatures are forecasted to remain below normal for the foreseeable future.
The messy snow and ice that Northern Michigan dealt with early Thursday morning will come to a quick end with sunshine expected to break through Thursday afternoon into the evening hours. Temperatures will slowly climb into the low/mid-30's. Partial clearing Thursday night will let temperatures freefall down into the teens with some single digit lows in our colder spots taking us into early Friday.
Perhaps the biggest weather story is the arrival of low pressure later Friday which is set to bring a quick burst of snow to parts of Northern Michigan. At this point, it appears snow will develop after 3 p.m. Friday afternoon and cross much of Northern Michigan into the evening hours. We expect the heaviest snow to fall across the Straits/Eastern U.P. with 3-5" looking likely in places like Drummond Island, Sault Ste. Marie, Cheboygan, and Petoskey/Harbor Springs. Further south, 1-3" is in our forecast. Any changes to the track of this system in the next 24 hours could lead to a shift in who gets more or less snow, but for now we believe the heaviest will fall over the Straits region.
By the weekend, skies will clear out some, with highs Saturday near 30F, but temperatures tumble down to 20F Sunday with only 20's for highs through the middle of next week.