Lake effect snow/rain to dwindle down Friday

This picture taken by Marge Keil shows a slushy accumulation of snow/sleet at Bear Lake in Manistee County Thursday morning.

Lake effect rain and snow continues to pepper Northern Michigan for the fourth straight day with a slushy mess in some counties, although this pattern will undergo a change starting Friday.

We did have some accumulating snow Wednesday into Thursday with the highest amounts over the Eastern U.P. With Newberry tallying 4.7", McMillan 4.5" and the greater Sault Ste. Marie area 4.3". In Lower Michigan, Otsego County picked up the most with 3-4" totals reported in around Gaylord and also at Elmira. Kalkaska saw just over 3.5" of snow.

Winds remain locked in from a west-northwest direction through Thursday night keeping lake effect rain/snow ongoing downwind of Lakes Superior/Michigan with the most persistent bands of snow/rain falling along/west of Interstate-75.

By late Friday morning, in advance of low pressure that drops in Saturday, winds turn southwesterly in turn disrupting any lingering lake rain/snow showers setting up a dry late afternoon/evening Friday.

Winds will really crank up Friday night, especially near Lake Michigan as low pressure approaches. Clouds and rain showers will greet us to start the weekend Saturday.