Lake effect snow kicks in to end the week

Cold weather and accumulating lake effect snow showers are in the forecast to end the week.

Low pressure to the east and the jet stream overhead are causing flurries to fall across northern Michigan Friday and into the weekend. Winds are out of the WNW Friday at 10-20mph, with gusts to around 30mph.

Most will see just light accumulations throughout Friday, maybe picking up an inch or so by the evening, if that. In the typical lake effect locations, we may see 2-3" Friday.

Overnight through Saturday lake effect areas in the E. U.P. and Northern Lower will pick up anywhere from 1-5". As is the normal with lake effect snow, the highest amounts will be under the heavy bands.

Along Lake Superior amounts may be higher, and Luce County is under a lake effect snow advisory. The advisory will begin at 7pm Friday and last until 1pm Saturday. Snow showers will pick up Friday afternoon, and along the shoreline accumulations look to be 3-5", especially near Munising to the Paradise and White Fish Point areas. 3-5" more are then expected Saturday.

With gusty winds, expect blowing snow - reducing visibilities and causing roads to become snow-covered.

Temperatures Friday will stay in the low 20s, with lows dropping into the single digits and teens. Wind chills will make it feel closer to zero, if not below. Don't forget to bring pets indoors in such cold weather!

Expect chilly conditions throughout the next week. Highs will remain mainly in the 20s, and lows in the teens. There is a chance of snow every day this week. The next best chance for some widespread snow will be Sunday into Monday as a weak low pressure system crosses the lower peninsula. Accumulations look to be light Sunday, with lake effect locations seeing higher snowfall amounts through the mid-week.