Parts of Northern Michigan are digging out from a snowy weekend which saw up to 18" of snow fall in pockets of Northeast Lower Michigan. Temperatures also tumbled with a viewer reporting -30F near Gaylord early Monday morning. It's hard to believe we haven's even entered the winter season yet officially!
Easterly winds over the weekend combined with a couple of disturbances and very favorable lake effect snow conditions allowed for periods of snow over the weekend. It appears based on spotter reports that areas around Alpena got hit hardest with 18" falling over the weekend leading to schools there closing for the day Monday. Parts of the U.P. and Northwest/Western Lower Michigan also saw snowfall with a wide area of 5-10" falling over the weekend. The snow in traffic heavy areas in particular was packed down into a coating of ice that actually shut down a couple of lanes on Interstate-75 Sunday evening due to traffic accidents between Gaylord and Waters where visibility was down to near zero and roads were snow and ice covered. That stretch of interstate has since been reopened.
Another story Monday morning was the bitter cold. In places inland that cleared out Sunday night, light winds and the snow cover allowed temperatures to freefall with our coldest reported reading at the Gaylord Country Club between Gaylord and Elmira where a viewer wrote in a temperature of -30F. Rudyard had -25F and Pellston dropped to -21F which set a record low for the date by six degrees breaking the old record of -15F set in 1973.
Lake effect snow early Monday will get pushed offshore into Lake Michigan much of the day and as winds turn southerly ahead of our next weather system, some of that snow will get pushed into Mackinac County later Monday including spots along highway US-2. Monday night another in a series of clipper systems will sweep in with clouds and light snow developing after the sun goes down. Unlike this past weekend, only a few inches of snow is expected overnight mainly near Lake Michigan with southwest winds and clouds keeping temperatures steady and not nearly as cold as Sunday night.
Snow showers will carry over into Tuesday and even early Wednesday before ending. High temperatures this week will top out in the 20's.