Another period of snow, heavy in spots will sweep across Northern Michigan starting Wednesday night into Thursday.
Any lake effect snow showers Wednesday during the daytime will be light with nothing more than an inch of fluffy snow forecasted. It will be later Wednesday, towards evening, when an overcast sky will assemble/thicken with snow following suit shortly afterwards.
Snow will develop around midnight sweeping in from the west with the snow becoming increasingly heavy over Northern/Central Lower Michigan in particular by sunrise Thursday morning. One reason snow totals will pile up is that as this storm system evolves, the same areas will see moderate to heavy snow for a long period of time before this finally exits later Thursday night.
Based on the latest guidance/data as of Wednesday morning, the heaviest snowfall will fall between the highway M-72 and US-10 corridor centered along highway M-55 along a line from Manistee through Cadillac to Lake City/Houghton Lake.
As for accumulation, most spots will only see 1-3" by sunrise Thursday, but as the snow piles up, total storm accumulation amounts will be hefty. Snow totals from Manistee north into Leelanau County will range from 9-13" including the greater Traverse City area. Other locations looking at 10" or more of snow include Cadillac, Lake City, Houghton Lake, West Branch, Mio, then arcing northward along US-23 on the Lake Huron shoreline north to Alpena/Rogers City.
Specific snow forecasted totals include 12" at Grayling, 12" at Houghton Lake, 12" for Alpena, 11" for Traverse City, 11" for Rogers City, 10" at Cadillac, 10" for Big Rapids, 9" at Manistee and Clare along with Gaylord. 8" for Ludington with lighter amounts downstate. Further north, snow will be lighter with 4-6" expected over the Eastern U.P. and far Northern Lower Michigan including Sault Ste. Marie and Petoskey/Cheboygan. Keep in mind, any small change (even 30-40 miles) in the forecasted track of this storm will greatly impact snow amounts.
Those with travels or day to day errands should stay tuned to the 7&4 Storm Team for the very latest on this high impact storm moving in later tonight.