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      Cold spell to rival January 1994 will put Northern Michigan in deep freeze

      The unrelenting winter weather continues with perhaps the coldest weather on the way since January of 1994.

      Temperatures starting late Sunday through early next Wednesday will not only be cold, but will be in record cold territory. We also will be dealing with lake effect snow and wind creating terrible weather conditions early next week.

      First though, we will be dealing with an Alberta Clipper to start the weekend which will turn our winds ahead of it southwesterly during Friday. This clipper will cross Lake Superior and as it approaches, winds will crank up leading to an extremely windy night across Northern Michigan Friday night. Winds near Lake Michigan in particular will reach gusts of 45 mph if not higher peaking after midnight. Snow with this system will cross the region late Friday night into Saturday with the worst of the weather confined to Eastern Upper Michigan along/north of highway M-28, especially north of Newberry and Tahquamenon Falls and then from Whitefish Point east along the Lake Superior shoreline where 5-8" of wind driven snow may fall.

      Wind will gradually taper off some Saturday, with temperatures actually climbing close to 30F midday Saturday before falling off late Saturday evening. Snowfall over the rest of the region will be lighter with 1-3" forecasted.

      The real cold air gets in here late Sunday and then Monday. Monday looks especially rough from a travel standpoint. Wind will crank up with lake effect snow developing, some of the snow could be heavy with potential whiteout conditions Monday. On top of that, some places will remain below zero all day with wind chills close to or even colder than -30F Monday. That is a dangerous combination. This will rival the notorious cold spell of mid-January 1994 which led to multiple days of schools closing, over 100 deaths and set some all time state cold temperature records.

      Lake effect snow will continue into Tuesday, but because such cold air holds less moisture, any snowflakes will be small and blow around a lot with any wind perhaps helping to cut down on accumulation. Temperatures Tuesday will also be in the single digits with a moderation back into the mid-20's by next Thursday.

      One quick side note, the 49'ers/Packers game across the lake in Green Bay, Wisconsin will see Wind Chill readings Sunday evening in the -30F to -45F degree range.