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      Abnormally cold weather for foreseeable future

      Near the Great Lakes, some lake effect snow will be noted. Inland areas will see some welcome sunshine.

      Another shot of cold polar air will sweep across the northern tier of the U.S. and the Great Lakes region to open up the week.

      Northern Michigan is squarely in the coldest period of the year as average temperatures bottom out the last two weeks of January before increasing daylight starts that slow climb back towards spring. Normal highs this week across Northern Michigan range from 23F to 27F. Normal low temperatures range from 7F to 15F.

      We will not be anywhere close to that for much of this week with abnormally cold weather on tap once again. High temperatures Monday will actually fall in spots with single digit highs for most of us. Around Sault Ste. Marie/Rudyard highs will be near 0F or even below with mid/upper-teens around Manistee/Ludington. Almost all of Northern Michigan plummets below zero Monday night with a few spots inland where skies clear perhaps reaching as cold as -20F.

      More of the same Tuesday into Tuesday night with single digit high temperatures and most areas sub zero Tuesday night.

      There will be some lake effect snow as well, but with such a cold airmass and an almost due north wind, snow totals will not be all that heavy with a light/fluffy type of snow expected. The most likely areas to see a little accumulation will be Northern Luce County near Lake Superior and also from the Leelanau Peninsula southward right along the immediate Lake Michigan shoreline including Frankfort/Manistee/Ludington. Inland areas will be fortunate enough to see some sunshine beaming down.

      Light snow showers return and will be more widespread Wednesday as a weak disturbance passes through.