Early spring storm slamming the area but decent weekend on tap
While Northern Michigan contends with an early spring storm Friday, the weekend will be salvaged with much of the weekend looking fine from a weather standpoint.
Low pressure is approaching Northern Michigan with a hodgepodge of rain, sleet, freezing rain and snow all falling across our viewing area Friday. Temperatures Friday will range from 33F at Newberry to 43F at Big Rapids.
Across Northern Lower Michigan, a round of freezing rain and sleet will pass through with roads becoming icy for a time Friday. We believe most of the icing potential will be north of highway M-32 up to the Mackinac Bridge. While icy roads are possible further south, we should get enough warming this afternoon for ice to melt leading to just wet roads there. Once you get into far Northwest Lower Michigan and the Straits area, a round of snow is possible as this rolls in before that switches over to rain.
For the Eastern Upper Peninsula, it will be a little bit of a different story as temperatures will remain colder. The majority of any precipitation Friday will fall in the form of snow, which at times could become heavy here once we get into Friday afternoon/evening. There certainly could be some sleet or freezing mixing in at times, especially near the Lake Michigan/Huron shorelines areas.
Eventually, as low pressure departs to our east, winds shift northwesterly this evening dropping temperatures into the 20's switching everything over to snow areawide. Total snow accumulation will be heaviest over the U.P. where it will snow longer, with a widespread 4-8" forecasted. In Lower Michigan, most snow will hold off until Friday evening/night with a general 1-4" forecasted here by Saturday morning. Lightest amounts will be along/east of Interstate-75.
That takes us into our first weekend of April which actually looks pretty good. Any lingering snow showers early Saturday quickly end with partly sunny skies later in the day. Sunday will remain partly sunny and dry with temperatures Saturday in the 30's and 40's for Sunday.