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Incoming storm system to drop snow/sleet/freezing rain and also lead to flooding concerns

Courtesy: Jim Koning/Bear Lake (Manistee Co.)

A messy mix of snow/sleet/freezing rain and in some cases heavy rain is on the way for Northern Michigan later Monday through early Wednesday.

Northern Michigan will be dealing with a number of weather issues Monday morning through early Wednesday including snow, sleet/freezing rain and also heavy rain and flooding concerns.

Plenty of moisture is streaming north (well above normal) for February which combined with an approaching frontal boundary that will stall out over the area will lead to a very wet period. Not to mention we will be on the edge of the freezing mark with a variety of precipitation types locally.

GENERAL: Outside of a few flurries or a little drizzle this Monday morning/early afternoon we won't see a lot going on until mid/late afternoon Monday. Snow will develop initially along/north of M-32. That will turn over to sleet/freezing rain/rain by later in the night in the Lower Peninsula. The Eastern U.P. will see snow hanging on into Tuesday morning where several inches may fall. By Tuesday, enough warm air works in for mainly rain, but our northern counties will see sleet/freezing rain at times. A rumble of thunder is also possible with rain continuing into Tuesday night before ending as a cold front passes by Wednesday morning.

SNOW: Best chances for snow will be across the Eastern U.P. where 2-4" is possible Monday night into early Tuesday before it warms enough to switch over to sleet/freezing rain. Parts of Lower Michigan north of M-32 could see an inch or so Monday evening.

ICE: Best icing chances will lie from highway M-32 north into the Eastern U.P. later Monday night/Tuesday early afternoon. We may see anywhere from .10-.30" of ice. This will lead to slick roads and rough travel in these spots.

RAIN: Heaviest rain will fall along/south of M-32 into Central Lower Michigan with an expected 1-2.5" of rain (locally higher amounts). This will lead to ponding of water on the roads (especially poor drainage areas) due to snow clogged drains and rises on areas rivers/streams. This may induce ice jams leading to quick fluctuations on areas rivers.

Either way, travel will be impacted by this storm system through Wednesday with snow/ice north and heavy rain south at times. Feel free to pass along any weather information where you live by email us at weather@upnorthlive.com

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