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Lake effect snow tapers off a little Thursday afternoon but ramps up again Friday

Lake effect snow continues to drain in across parts of Northern Michigan with schools in Alba in Antrim County closing due to the weather Thursday.

Northern Michigan (WPBN/WGTU) -- Lake effect snow continues to drain in across parts of Northern Michigan with schools in Alba in Antrim County closing due to the weather Thursday. As is the case with lake effect snow, totals vary greatly over short distances depending on where the bands set up, but we did get a report of 8" at Lakes of the North in Antrim County and close to that at Boyne Falls in Charlevoix County.

Heading out the work/school Thursday, the roads are slippery and in some counties, snow covered so plan on a little extra time heading into work.

Lake effect snow will continue to fall through the morning hours on Thursday, before slowly tapering off during the afternoon/evening hours as winds turn from a NW to more of west direction later Thursday. While it will not be snowing all day, it will remain cold - high temperatures will only top out in the 20s. The lull in the action will be short-lived, however, as lake effect snow will pick back up Thursday night and into Friday - mainly for those that are impacted by a W-SW wind orientation.

On and off snow showers will continue throughout majority of the extended forecast (either in the form of lake effect or subtle clipper systems), leading to more accumulations. It will also remain cold, with below normal temperatures expected through next week. High temperatures towards the mid part of next week may only top out in the teens for many.

We are always looking for snow accumulation totals, so if you want to measure and send us the amount and where you live we would appreciate that very much. Email us at: weather@upnorthlive.com which comes right to our desk.

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