Deep freeze to freezing rain in forecast

Blowing snow and cold will be replaced with warmer weather, but freezing rain and ice may hamper travel Friday night into Saturday.

Well, there is good and bad news in the upcoming forecast. The frigid arctic outbreak will be replaced with a nice warming trend, but it will come at the cost of hazardous travel and the risk for some freezing rain and icy roads.

Following Wind Chills that got as low as -44F at Cedarville in Mackinac County earlier this week, a quieter weather pattern is about to take shape through Friday.

Cold west winds will lead to flurries Wednesday downwind of the Great Lakes, but any snow totals will be light with some partial sunshine at times. Highs will get back into the double digits with low/mid-teen's forecasted. One final bitterly cold night on tap Wednesday night as the combination of clearing skies, light winds, and a healthy snowpack on the ground will set temperatures on a slide with most spots below zero overnight. Sunshine returns Thursday with temps. approaching 20F.

Warmer air coming off the Pacific Ocean will work across the country and arrive here Friday with temperatures climbing back to the freezing mark. A storm system will also peel out of the Plains and sweep towards the region Friday night/Saturday. While the exact details still need to be worked out, what I believe will happen is a messy combination of rain/freezing rain along with some sleet and even snow in our northern counties will break out Friday night. While the atmosphere may be warm enough to support liquid precipitation, the ground will not with road temperatures in the single digits/teens. That will prove problematic as any rain will freeze up leading to a host of travel issues to start out the weekend. If you have plans to travel or even just run errands Saturday, keep the 7&4 Storm Team forecast handy as we will keep you updated on what is going to happen.

That system will move eastbound and clear the region later Saturday with a dry yet mostly cloudy day Sunday. High temperatures both weekend days top out in the 30's.