Cold weather to start the new year

Cold arctic air will keep northern Michigan frigid as we start the new year.

High pressure is moving eastward across Canada to the north of Michigan. This will cause our winds to calm down throughout Wednesday afternoon to 5-10mph, remaining generally out of the ENE. Until then, the typical lake effect locations will continue to see very light snow showers fall.

Temperatures will remain around 0 for the E. U.P., and looking at low and mid teens across the rest of the viewing area. Keep in mind, wind chills will have it feeling like 0 to -20 degrees - which can cause frostbite on exposed skin in under 30 minutes. That will be the case Thursday as well as Canadian arctic air flows down through the state.

Flurries will be on and off into Thursday evening. Our next system looks to arrive Friday evening. A warm front will touch off snow showers in the northernmost counties beginning Friday around dinner. We'll then see our temps jump into the 20s Saturday thanks to the warm, southerly air flow shift, but keep around the snow for the weekend. As the low pressure passes to the east, expect more accumulating lake effect for Saturday evening.

On another note, a reminder - the National Weather Service has issued a Flood Advisory for : the Muskegon River at Evart in Osceola County and the Pere Marquette River near Scottville in Mason County. Ice jamming was observed downstream of Evart, and appears to be the cause of higher levels of the Pere Marquette River. As cold weather continues, ice build-up will also continue, and river levels will need to be watched and monitored this week. The flood advisory is until late Friday night for the Muskegon River near Evart (river measured at 10.2', bankful 12') and until late Saturday night near Scottville (river measured at 3.7', bankful is 4' and flood stage is 5.5').