High impact early spring storm set to target area
We are quickly approaching the first weekend of April with a messy later winter storm still set to arrive late Thursday night into Friday.
The latest thinking is still pretty much the same. We expect a quiet day Thursday with clouds gradually increasing from south to north across the region. There is going to be some rain/freezing rain Thursday, but it will remain confined to Southern Michigan with temperatures Thursday climbing into the mid/upper-30's.
The first half of Thursday night will remain on the quiet side, but as low pressure approaches/strengthens, we expect some sleet/freezing rain to quickly break out after midnight over the area. This area of freezing rain will expand as we head deeper into the morning with much of Northern Michigan seeing some icy roads Friday morning. Ice totals will range from a light glaze up to one quarter inch of ice. The one area that may escape some of the icing will will be locations southwest of Cadillac, from Manistee south to Ludington where temperatures may stay just warm enough for rain, although this is not a guarantee. Ultimately, the bulk of icing may end up over the Eastern U.P./Straits region where freezing rain is likely to last longer. By mid-afternoon, most of this will lift northward into Canada with a few rain showers lingering across the region. The exception will be the Eastern U.P. where snow will develop.
The rest of Northern Michigan will see snow rolling in Friday night on the colder back end of this system. Accumulation Friday night into Saturday morning will not be anything extreme, but a general 1-3" is forecasted with 3-5" along/west of Interstate-75 in the Upper Peninsula.
Any snow will end by midday Saturday with highs Saturday in the 30's. Temperatures Sunday will be warmer with mid-40's and some sunshine.