Coldest temperatures of the season to plunge in early next week

Some yards may look like this by Thursday evening in the snowbelts of Northern Michigan as lake effect rain/snow showers are likely into early Friday.

A quick round of lake effect rain/snow will sweep across Northern Michigan Thursday into early Friday with some minor accumulation. Early next week, we are forecasting the coldest temperatures of the season to plunge across Northern Michigan.

One day removed from nearly an inch of rain that fell over most of Northern Michigan, winds have turned westerly and are dragging colder air across the Great Lakes setting off lake induced rain/snow showers downwind of both Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. Snow amounts will be relatively light even in the targeted snowbelt areas with an inch or so forecasted around the Gaylord/Grayling/Kalkaska areas and the same around Newberry in Luce County. The greater Sault Ste. Marie area will see close to two inches by the time the sun goes down Thursday evening.

Skies clear for a few hours Friday with some sunshine poking through although it is short lived as clouds return with some light rain or snow breaking out after midnight Friday night into early Saturday morning. That system too could drop a little bit of slushy accumulation. The good news is it will pass quickly with much of Saturday afternoon drying out and that will carry over into Sunday.

The bigger story in weather will be early next week as a powerful cold front will pass through on Veterans Day allowing cold air of Northern Canadian origin to spill in leading to the coldest temperatures of the season. Highs Tuesday will struggle to get to the freezing mark with some lake effect snow developing off of the Great Lakes.