Lake effect snow continues for some Thursday night, with cold temperatures for all
Lake effect snow will pick up in intensity Thursday night and into Friday morning, as winds reorient into a W-SW fashion at 10-15 mph. This will impact the far NW Lower Peninsula and towards the Straits (northern Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Cheboygan counties), with some accumulating snow. As is the case with lake effect snow, totals vary greatly over short distances depending on where the bands set up, however, a general 1-3" is expected for those counties. Temperatures will be cold tonight as well, dropping into the mid teens to mid 20s.
Winds gradually turn back to the NW by Friday afternoon, shifting lake effect snow showers for those W of I-75 and N of M-72. A couple more inches of snow is possible throughout the day, but once again, dependent on where the strongest bands set up. High temperatures will only top out in the 20s to lower 30s. A clipper system works through the region Friday night and into Saturday morning, spreading snow throughout most of the Great Lakes. If you plan on traveling downstate this weekend, keep that in mind as roads will be slick.
Lake effect snow showers will linger into most of Saturday, this time impacting those closer to the Lake Michigan shoreline as winds turn out of the north. Snow will diminish in coverage and intensity Saturday night, allowing a brief 'lull' in the action.
On and off snow showers (either in the form of lake effect or various clipper systems) will continue throughout most of the extended forecast. This will lead to more accumulations, and pile on the fresh snow pack. Temperatures will remain cold and below normal as well, with many struggling to reach the 20s at times next week.
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-Meteorologist Blake Hansen