Get ready for the January thaw
fter a cold and snowy last couple of weeks in December, the proverbial January Thaw has arrived this week which is unfortunate for those who love the snow and winter outdoor activities.
The weather pattern over the Northern Hemisphere favors unseasonable warmth through at least the mid-point of our weekend before things cool somewhat Sunday into next week.
While Thursday will remain mild with sunshine to start the day, clouds arrive late as the main feature of interest in all of this will be an area of low pressure lifting out of Texas with tremendous amounts of moisture for it to work with which gets here Thursday Night/Friday accompanied by south winds. As temperatures remain above freezing Thursday night and well into the 40's Friday, rain will dominate. There could be some freezing rain at the onset Thursday night late inland away from the Great Lakes.
Most of the rain will fall later Thursday Night/Friday morning before ending later Friday. The warmth will peak on Saturday with highs well into the 40's with a few low-50's possible. This should effectively melt the meager snowpack across Northern Michigan by early weekend leaving behind a brown landscape.
There are signals though that colder weather will make a return next week, at least dropping us out of the 30's/40's and back into the 20's perhaps. Still, no major snow in the forecast.