Bitter cold on the way

Winter will return with a vengeance over the next week or two to Northern Michigan. Following a week where we lost nearly all of our snowpack, colder weather is poised to drop in later this week and then another round next week with the coldest temperatures of the season.

Very cold air has been draining into the Lower 48 out west with downtown Los Angeles falling to 34F Sunday night (the coldest there since December 22, 1990) with visitors on the Strip in Las Vegas only seeing a high temperature Monday of 38F.

Our first shot at colder weather locally settles in Wednesday night into Thursday in the wake of an Alberta Clipper type weather system. Highs Wednesday will top out in the low-30's and then plummet into the teens Thursday with lake effect snow likely.

After warming into the 30's Friday/Saturday, the coldest airmass of the season spills in Saturday night into early next week. Temperatures Sunday may not get above 10F in spots with below zero readings likely late in the weekend and early next week at night. Of course, lake effect snow will flare up as temps plunge. Good news for ice fishermen as the lakes will build up a solid coating of ice that so far this winter, has been shaky at best.