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      Icy roads to open up the weekend

      Freezing rain ans sleet along with snow Friday night will lead to travel issues.

      Just in time to start the weekend, some rough weather is on the way if you have travel plans.

      While we have swept out the excessively cold Wind Chill readings and widespread blowing snow, an incoming storm system will bring a sloppy mess of weather conditions to open up our weekend.

      Thursday will remain quiet with some sunshine peeking through. Temperatures will climb back close to the 20F mark. Skies cloud over Friday with even a little melting possible as temperatures approach the freezing threshold.

      Friday night is when weather will quickly take a turn for the worse. With temperatures on south winds remaining near freezing, a sloppy mess of rain/freezing rain/sleet and snow is forecasted to get in after dark. The Upper Peninsula and far Northern Lower Michigan may generally end up with only snow as it will be a little cooler there. Further south, freezing rain and sleet will coat the ground. Another big factor is that while it may be close to or above freezing overhead, the ground is still very cold and any rain will freeze up on contact making travel a big issue.

      All of this messy weather will exit later Saturday morning with temperatures cooling just enough for snow showers Saturday afternoon. Across the Eastern U.P., there is a forecast of 4-6" of snowfall where very little if any rain will mix in. Sunday will be much quieter with highs in the 30's under a mix of sun/clouds.