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      A soggy and warm weekend on tap

      Rain will get here Saturday evening and continue into Sunday with more than an inch of rain forecasted for parts of Northern Michigan.

      Although some sunshine will peek out Friday and early Saturday, some generous rain is on the way for the second half of the weekend with severe thunderstorms possible across Southern Michigan.

      The energy associated with our next storm system of note which will lead to rain and a warm weekend is now sitting across the desert southwest. Through at least Saturday evening, Northern Michigan's weather will remain quiet with some sunshine the remainder of Friday, clear and quiet weather Friday night and a few peeks of sun early Saturday. However, as our incoming storm system gets better organized over the Central Plains, skies will rapidly cloud up Saturday with rain breaking out across all of Northern Michigan after 5 p.m.

      Rain will be widespread overnight Saturday and carry over into Sunday with model indications that many areas will approach or exceed an inch of rain by the end of the weekend. In fact, with gusty south winds Sunday, temperatures will shoot up to near if not over the 60F mark. An embedded thunderstorm is even possible Sunday. On a sidenote, severe thunderstorms are a distinct possibility across Southern Michigan Sunday if you have travels there.

      For winter lovers, that type of weather will return Sunday night into Monday as a surge of arctic air plunges in with temperatures falling from the 60's down into the 30's Monday and Tuesday with some lake effect snow potential early next week.