There's good news for those of us that really like the winter weather, and bad news for those of us that don't.
A weaker low pressure will cross the straits tonight, while a stronger Alberta clipper, a fast-moving low pressure system, will pass through the U.P. Saturday-exiting northeast into Canada Sunday.
Because of this pattern, we're seeing snow showers this afternoon and tonight, a warm up overnight (could possibly get some freezing drizzle) leading to a milder Saturday, before snow and very cold temperatures return.
For today, we do have a winter weather advisory in effect for the Eastern U.P., Emmet, Cheboygan, and Presque Isle counties until 11pm due to 3-4" of snowfall tonight. Expect road conditions to deteriorate this afternoon and evening, and gusty winds will create snow covered roads and drifting, along with visibilities less than a 1/2 mile. Lake effect areas, especially the western parts of Mackinac County, may get over 5" in accumulation.
A gale watch is in effect for Lake Superior, Lake Huron, and northern Lake Michigan (near Frankfort southern Lake MI becomes under a gale warning) until Sunday morning. Could have winds up to 45 knots starting Saturday afternoon, causing waves up to 16-20 feet.
We'll see temperatures rise overnight and milder temperatures (lots of mid 30s) for Saturday, but the clipper moves in towards lunchtime. We'll again see snow showers across the area, and as the system exits Sunday, northwest winds will keep lake effect snow showers in the forecast and provide very cold temperatures.
Highs as we head into the second half of the weekend through Wednesday will be around 10 degrees or so, and lows close to zero. With the wind, expect it to feel much cooler, some areas feeling wind chills well below zero.
Bundle up and cuddle up, and stay safe on the roads out there!