Friday rain gives way to October like weather for weekend

Steady and at times heavy rain Friday will give way to autumn like weather this weekend.

We close out the final weekend of July with temperatures plummeting to levels that are more normal in very late September and early October.

A cold front and area of low pressure will track across the Upper Great Lakes region with that system stalling out and spinning over us during the weekend leading to chilly temperatures and a rather raw weekend from a weather perspective.

Rain and a few thunderstorms, in generous amounts will break out Friday late morning through the afternoon/evening hours with potential for a period of steady/heavy rainfall across parts of Northern Michigan. Multi weather model consensus is for a good inch or two of rain across a wide portion of our viewing area with most of that falling before midnight Friday night. The severe weather threat is minimal, although any storms could have some small hail or gusty winds.

Over the weekend the focus will shift to the unseasonably cool temperatures. Daytime highs both Saturday/Sunday will struggle to get up to around 65F or so with some of our cooler spots stuck in the upper-50's! Those temperatures are more of what you would see around October 10th.

In fact, it will be cold enough to induce lake effect rain showers which will pepper the area at times this weekend. Dry weather returns Monday with upper-60's. We get back into the 70's Tuesday onward.