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      Bitter cold area wide with accumulating snow downstate this week

      After 40's for highs Saturday, we prepare to enter the New Year on a very cold note.

      We prepare to exit 2013 and head into the New Year with the same story, cold temperatures with snow showers continuing.

      Some spots topped out in the mid-40's Saturday with sun peeking through, setting up a nice day. That seems like a long forgotten memory now as our current airmass which originated in the Arctic is frigid with no signs of any warming until next weekend when we will climb back into the 20's.

      In the meantime, temperatures will remain below normal all week with the coldest days expected to be Wednesday and Thursday when much of Northern Michigan will see high temperatures struggling to get out of the single digits above zero with a lot of the area dipping below zero at night.

      There are two weather disturbances of note in the forecast this week with the weaker one sweeping in late Monday night/early Tuesday. A weak impulse will pass through leading to a flare-up of lake effect snowfall downwind of the Great Lakes for a time Tuesday. Even with that being the case, only a general 1-3" of snow is forecasted with most of that near Lake Michigan. The one exception to all of this will be northern and especially northwest Luce County where lake effect snow will target that area with upwards of 8-12" of snow near Lake Superior.

      The second system will bring some accumulating snow to the Southern Great Lakes and the southern portions of our viewing area later New Years's Eve night and New Year's Day. Snow will fall much of Wednesday along an axis from Chicago to Detroit with a widespread 6-10" of snow forecasted there. This does include Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor and Detroit if you have travels in this direction midweek.

      Temperatures climb a bit by the weekend back closer to normal into the 20's.