Milder weather means a messy commute Wednesday

This may be what it looks like Wednesday morning as icy roads are expected due to rain or freezing rain and snow.

A messy weather system is on tap and as we approach spring, along with somewhat warmer temperatures we will be contending with slick roads Wednesday due to a combination of rain, freezing rain and snow.

Before all that arrives though, Tuesday may turn out to be a decent day from a weather standpoint. Southeast winds will allow temperatures to warm above freezing for almost all areas with a few low-40's even possible across Lower Michigan. The U.P. will be a tad cooler with more clouds and a few flurries.

Our next storm system will sweep in here early Wednesday. I believe that much if not all of Tuesday night will remain dry with any precipitation holding off until around 5-6 a.m. Wednesday morning.

With temperatures close to freezing early Wednesday we expect a sloppy commute for some. Rain or freezing rain will lift from south to north across the area Wednesday morning. We also expect some snow to mix in at times north of highway M-32 into the U.P. This will set up some glazing of ice on area roadways and travel certainly could be impacted Wednesday.

The greatest amount of snow will be across the Eastern U.P. where it will be colder where a few inches are possible. Further south, rain will dominate with some early freezing as mentioned above. We are not expecting a major ice storm from this, but only a light glaze will complicate travel Wednesday.

Later Wednesday evening, rain will switch areawide back over to snow as temperatures fall into the 20's with lingering snow showers expected into early Thursday.