Friday warmest day of week with spring feel in air

Sunshine is expected to dominate at least the start of the weekend on Saturday.

The calendar says we are still two weeks away from spring, but as we turn the clocks ahead this weekend, and we feel some milder weather, we can start to tell it's approaching.

Friday will end up being the warmest day so far this week as winds have turned southwesterly ahead of an approaching cold front. Daytime highs will shoot up into the 30's and a few spots like Big Rapids could reach 40F Friday afternoon allowing for a little bit of melting. However, there is a cold front that will cross through the area Friday evening. The good news for those tired of the cold, is that while temperatures will fall into the 20's Saturday, there is not any extreme push of bitter cold behind this front.

Along this front, there will be a narrow band of light snow or even light snow and some patchy freezing drizzle. I don't believe this will be a big issue for us, but a few spots could see roads becoming a little slick later Friday into Friday evening.

We enter the weekend with some sunshine as skies clear Saturday, but as mentioned above, temperatures remain below freezing and normal for early March, mainly in the low/mid-20's.

Highs Sunday will be near 30F, but there are increasing signs that weak area of low pressure will brush the region bringing a little light snow to parts of the Eastern U.P. and Northeastern Lower Michigan Sunday afternoon. Winds crank up as well Sunday afternoon into the evening.