A snowy start to the workweek
After a beautiful sunny weekend, snow is returning to northern Michigan for Monday.
An approaching low pressure system and warm front will give us a warm up, but also a quick round of snow.
The Monday morning commute will be cold (clear skies will have temps around 0 to 15 degrees below) but dry. Cloud cover will increase quickly across the area throughout the morning, and by lunch we'll see the first snowflakes fall - starting on the Lake Michigan side.
Snow showers will spread across the area throughout the afternoon and continue into the evening hours. Expect 3-6+" of snow to fall by late-night Monday across all of northern Michigan. Most will see between 3-5". Snowfall rates may reach 1"/hour at times, causing low visibility on top of slick roads. Be prepared for your Monday evening and your Tuesday morning commutes to take some extra time.
As of Sunday evening, the following are in effect:
Luce County - Winter Weather Advisory - 11am Monday until 1am Tuesday - 3-5+" of snow, snowfall rates 1"/hr at times.
Mason, Lake, Oceana, Clare, Osceola, Newyago, Mecosta, Isabella counties - Winter Weather Advisory - 12pm Monday until 4am Tuesday - 4-6+" of snow, snowfall rates 1/2"/hr to 1"/hr at times.
Keep in mind - snow will move west to east across ALL of northern Michigan - so just because you aren't in an advisory area doesn't mean you won't have wintry conditions.
Here's the good news - behind the frontal system we've got a warm up! Temperatures Tuesday & Wednesday will be around 30 degrees with some sun and a chance of light scattered snow - mainly for the northernmost counties.
If you have errands to run, get them done Tuesday or Wednesday, because our next system arrives Thursday. Temperatures will be in the 30s and low 40s Thursday - so warm that wintry mix and rain is in the forecast! The E. U.P. has the best chance of seeing mostly snow, the Central Lower mostly rain.
Behind this passing low pressure and cold front, temps will dip back into the 20s heading into the weekend, with another chance of light snow. As temperatures drop expect wet roads to become icy.
With multiple systems moving through the Great Lakes region this week, we'll keep you updated and keep yourself informed.