Deep freeze will give way to big warm up late week
Dangerous cold continues Tuesday, but a big warming trend is on the horizon.
Wind Chill Warnings remain in effect for all of Northern Michigan through 7 p.m. Tuesday evening. While actual air temperatures will sit between 0F and 5F, blustery west winds will keep Wind Chill readings (how it actually feels to the body) in the -15F to -30F range much of Tuesday. West winds will keep some lake effect snow in the forecast as well Tuesday, but snowflake size will be small with another inch or two forecasted across the snowbelts of Northern Lower Michigan. The favored areas of Northern Luce and Northwest Chippewa County will see higher snow totals there. Whether you receive much snow or not, blowing snow will lead to reduced visibility in places.
Lake effect snow will taper off to flurries Wednesday with even those coming to an end. The good news is that sunshine will return Wednesday and carry us into Thursday.
For those wanting a break from the cold, milder air off the Pacific Ocean will make a run for Northern Michigan starting Thursday into the weekend. Daytime highs Thursday climb to near 20F with many spots near the freezing mark by Friday. Both weekend days will have temperatures well into the 30's. We may even deal with some sleet and/or freezing rain concerns Friday night as a weather system passes by, we'll keep you updated on that scenario as we get closer.