We are almost to the halfway point of May and almost eight weeks into spring, but we still have a mention of snow in the forecast.
We certainly have had a few spells of warmer weather, but they have been fleeting with another round of unseasonably cold temperatures in the forecast. We will squeeze in a brief quiet period of weather Wednesday as rain has pushed east along a cold front with some peeks of sunshine likely across the Eastern U.P./Straits region. Further south into Lower Michigan, sun will be harder to come. Northwest winds will keep it cooler with highs area wide in the 50's, short of the mid-60's more typical this time of year.
Thursday is going to be a raw day with a chilly rain falling over much of Northern Michigan. That rain is tied to another area of low pressure lifting up from the south. Light showers may develop as early as late Wednesday afternoon along/south of highway M-55 and overspread Northern Michigan from south to north Wednesday night. By Thursday, rain will be likely for almost all of us. It may actually get cold enough for a little snow to mix in over the interior highlands of Northern Lower Michigan Thursday. Outside of a little slush, we do not anticipate any accumulation here. Regardless, it will be chilly with rain falling and highs mired in the 40's all day long.
Light rain lingers into Thursday night, and across the Upper Peninsula, this will most likely switch over to snow late Thursday night. When all is said and done Friday morning, we could see up to an inch of snow across far Western Mackinac County and north into Luce County. Highs Friday will also remain in the 40's with a few spots south of Houghton Lake seeing low-50's.
Spotty showers will be with us Saturday with low-50's. There is some light at the end of the forecast tunnel though with sunshine returning late weekend and some milder weather. In fact, we get back into the mid-60's by next Tuesday.