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Mild weekend weather but rain or a rain and snow mix rolls in late weekend into Monday

Courtesy: John Garavaglia/Hillman

Quiet weather along with a little bit of melting this weekend. Rain or rain and snow arrive Sunday night into Monday.

We end the week with the mildest day of the week so far but we are keeping tabs on an incoming storm system for later in the weekend into early next week.

Temperatures overnight have remained in the 20's to start our Friday and will jump into the mid/upper-30's later in the day. Quiet weather expected underneath a party/mostly cloudy sky. While no weather headaches are expected Friday, there is a system passing north of the area which could clip the Sault Ste. Marie area with a touch of sleet or drizzle but most of that should remain north of the border. Essentially the same thing Saturday with partly sunny skies along with a southwest breeze. We will average out around 40F with dry conditions.

All the focus in the weather office is on later Sunday through Tuesday at this point as much more active weather will arrive. Low pressure will deepen and advance toward Northern Michigan lifting a warm front into the area later Sunday into Monday.

Keep in mind that some of this is liable to change when more finite details emerge, but the basic thought process is that we will see showers and/or freezing drizzle in Lower Michigan ramping up late Sunday with snow mixing in across the Eastern U.P. There certainly could be an area of icing Sunday night into early Monday across parts of Northern Michigan.

By Monday, most of Lower Michigan will turn over to primarily rain (IF the expected track of low pressure remains consistent). A look at forecast temperatures for Monday would suggest mid-40's at Big Rapids and Traverse City, but perhaps mid-30's around Cheboygan and close to freezing at Sault Ste. Marie where more snow or freezing rain/sleet could mix in.

On the colder side of this system there could be heavy snow across the West/Central U.P. Sunday into Monday if you have travels in that direction.

Either way, something to keep tabs on. We'll keep you updated all weekend.

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