Extreme cold starting Sunday night
Sun, 05 Jan 2014 14:00:00 GMT —
UPDATED WITH LATEST WARNINGS AND VIDEO : Northern Michigan will get a blast of arctic air for the first part of the week.
A cold front worked its way through most of Michigan Saturday night, stopping about halfway across the Lower Peninsula. Low pressure will travel along the front Sunday, passing through the Ohio Valley before pushing eastward into Canada overnight into Monday. Lake effect snows will then continue into the mid-week with gusty NW winds.
While the majority of the higher snowfall totals will be in Southern Michigan, our viewing area will still see some accumulation-especially in lake effect locations- and very cold arctic air behind the system.
The further north you are Sunday the more sun you'll see, the further south, the more snow and cloud cover. Highs Sunday will be in the teens to about twenty degrees, with a north wind at 5-20mph, gusts possible to 30mph. Most will pick up around 1-2" throughout the day, but those in the Central Lower and NW Lower/inland are looking at closer to a few inches.
Sunday evening will bring more snow, but heading into the late night we'll see inland areas get a break. The winds will stay up, mainly out of the north. Keep in mind, winds will cause the snow we get to blow and drift, and contribute to low visibilities and slick snow-covered roads. Whiteout conditions may occur at times, and drivers are encouraged to stay off of the roads or keep an emergency kit with them.
Sunday evening will also bring us wind chills from around 15 to 35 degrees below zero.
As of Sunday evening:
**Wind Chill Warning for ALL of northern Michigan - 7am Mon til 7pm Tues - wind chills 25 to 35 below zero. This can cause frostbite on exposed skin in under 20 minutes.
*Luce County - Lake Effect Snow Advisory 7pm Sun til 7pm Mon, Wind Chill Warning 7pm Mon til 11am Tues - 2-6" of snow with the highest amounts closer to Lake Superior. Expect blowing and drifting snow, whiteout conditions. Wind chills will be around 20 to 30 below tonight, falling to -40 Monday night into Tuesday morning. This can cause frostbite on exposed skin in 5-15 minutes.
*Presque Isle, Alpena, Alcona, Ogemaw, Iosco, Gladwin, Arenac counties - Winter Weather Advisory - until 7am Monday. 2-3" this evening, 3-6+" total, especially along Lake Huron near Rogers City and towards Alpena. Expect rough travel and whiteouts possible along US-23.
*Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Manistee, Wexford counties - Winter Weather Advisory - until 5pm Monday. About 2" of snow tonight, with lake effect locations continuing to see snow showers throughout the day Monday, getting 4-8+" total. NNW winds gusting around 30mph will cause drifting and whiteout conditions at times. Expect rough travel along M-22 and US-31.
*Mason, Lake, Oceana counties - Winter Weather Advisory - 1am Sunday until 8pm Monday. Snow will increase in intensity after midnight with 3-6+" by Monday evening. Wind gusting to the mid 30s will cause drifting and blizzard-like conditions.
*Newaygo & Muskegon counties - Winter Weather Advisory - until 8pm Monday. 3-5" by daybreak Monday, with a brief break, followed by more snow showers by mid-morning. Looking at another 3-6" by dinner-time Monday.
*Mecosta & Isabella counties - Winter Weather Advisory - until 1am Monday. 2-4" snowfall by late-night Sunday, with another 1-2" during the day Monday. Be prepared for blowing and drifting snow, and near-blizzard conditions at times.
Remember - wind chills this low are no joke - they are dangerous. Bring your pets inside and keep a winter emergency kit in your car if you must travel, especially in the U.P.
Also, the state of Michigan recommends schools close for a wind chill of -20 or lower. This is a very real possibility for us Monday and Tuesday-stay informed. We already have schools calling in closed for Monday.
Monday and Tuesday our highs will struggle to get out of the single digits, and NW winds will stay at 10-25mph, gusting to the mid 30s. Expect a couple days of bitterly cold wind chills and lake effect snow showers to start your workweek.
Wednesday will be our first sign of any warmth as highs climb into the mid-teens, and then we're back into the twenties and thirties heading into the next weekend.
We'll continue to keep you updated on all of this frigid air! Stay warm out there!