Chilly, rainy weather in store for northern Michigan

Rain is in the forecast.

Multiple systems crossing through the Great Lakes region will keep rain in the forecast for the next week.

A low pressure system to the northeast of the straits Thursday morning had brought scattered showers to Michigan starting Wednesday - and that began a week full of rain.

Low pressure will move through the Ohio Valley Thursday, causing clouds and rain showers for the Central and Northern Lower - especially in the afternoon. After-school sports and the commute home looks to be pretty rainy for the southern counties, as highs are mainly in the low 50s. The E. U.P. has the best shot at seeing some decent sunshine Thursday.

Friday morning will greet us with mainly dry conditions, but a cold front will push through so it doesn't look to last long. Mid-morning will bring the first scattered showers, which will continue during the day. Highs Friday will make it to the low 50s.

Bundle up for those Friday night lights games! Scattered showers will still be moving across the area, and temperatures look to be in the mid 40s to about 50 degrees, with a bit of a westerly breeze too.

Although the cold front will push eastward Saturday, our next system isn't far behind it.

This will be the pattern throughout the upcoming week, and showers stay in the forecast. Cooler temperatures are also here, and we'll see highs drop from the low 50s to the 40s, and lows will be in the 30s. This means that some of those rain showers may be more of a wintry mix - particularly for areas inland and in the higher terrain locations.

As much rain as we're seeing, we'll take it. Inland areas in the Northern Lower and parts of the Central Lower are abnormally dry for this time of year according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.