Mother Nature pulls an April Fools joke

Downtown Gaylord saw a period of near whiteout conditions early Monday as lake effect snow targets Northern Michigan.

It's no April Fools joke as chilly temperatures and accumulating lake effect snow greet Northern Michigan on this first day of April.

The passage of a strong cold front Saturday night opened the gates on very chilly air to pour across the Great Lakes and Northern Michigan firing off lake effect snow bands which will be with us through Tuesday before winding down.

As is the case with lake effect snow, the accumulations can vary greatly, but Sunday night into early Monday morning we saw 7" at Frederic in Crawford County and a 6" report at Alba in Antrim County. Locations away from the snowbelts saw nothing more than a dusting as of Monday morning. Conditions will remain pretty favorable for additional lake effect snow through at least Tuesday early afternoon with another couple inches in the typical lake snowbelts of the Eastern U.P. and Northwest Lower Michigan. Drier air will punch in later Tuesday bringing a quick end to the snow. Highs both Monday and Tuesday will struggle into the low-30's.

Gusty northwest winds will keep it chilly with winds occasionally gusting to 30 mph at times before slowing down some Monday night.