Large temperature contrast on way mid-week

A warm front lifting in midweek will bring a large temperature contrast across the area along with a few thunderstorms.

For the past week we have been plagued with colder than normal temperatures and quite a bit of rain and even some snow Sunday, but big changes are looming for some of us this week.

Rain rolled through at times this past weekend, and several reports of snow came into the 7&4 Forecast Office Sunday with up to an inch of snow reported in the Manistee Lake area of Kalkaska County. Snow was also reported at Petoskey, Elk Rapids, Gaylord and Hessel along with a few other spots.

Temperatures Monday will also come in below normal as a quick moving disturbance passes unfortunately keeping clouds around and even a few light rain showers along with a northwest wind with highs ranging from the upper-40's (EUP/Straits/NE Lower MI) and mid-50's (along/south of US-10). Skies clear some Monday night with patchy frost or fog. Tuesday will shape up to be a nice one with a mix of sun/clouds, dry weather, and most spots getting into the 50's.

The primary weather story for Northern Michigan this week will be a warm front that will creep into the region Wednesday into Thursday. This front will touch off scattered showers and thunderstorms. Some of these roll in as early as Wednesday morning with the chance for storms carrying right into Thursday and perhaps even Friday.

There will be an enormous temperature differential across our viewing area Wednesday as that warm front attempts to lift northward. The warmer air should get hung up over Central Lower Michigan Wednesday with spots north stuck under clouds and rain with highs Gaylord north only in the 40's. However, from highway M-72 south temperatures will warm quickly with 60's along/south of a line from Traverse City to Grayling. Once you get south of US-10 into the Big Rapids/Mt. Pleasant areas, 70's are likely Wednesday with low-80's across Southern Michigan.

Any passing rain or thunderstorms Wednesday through Friday could drop heavy downpours.