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      Northern Michigan barely dodges a winter storm

      Northern Michigan only received a glancing blow from a major winter storm that has caused travel problems across Southern Michigan.

      This latest winter storm dumped almost a half foot of snow on Chicago with many locations downstate seeing anywhere from 2-6" of snowfall. Grand Rapids picked up 4" as of mid-morning Wednesday. This led to travel issues with numerous accidents including along Interstate-94 in Jackson County.

      The northern fringes of this system lifted about as far north as highway M-55 early Wednesday morning with some light snow falling around Ludington, Big Rapids and into the Clare area where up to an inch of snow fell in a few spots.

      Overall, the weather looks rather quiet across Northern Michigan for the time being. There will be a few lingering lake effect snow showers Wednesday night/Thursday, especially from Leelanau County south along the Lake Michigan shoreline where up to an inch of snow may fall. Clouds will also hang around through Thursday with a few gaps in the clouds leading to limited sunshine.

      There is potential for a bit more widespread snow Saturday night into Sunday, but even that does not look overly impressive from an accumulation standpoint. With the Jet Stream passing well south of us, the primary track on storm systems will remain south leading to a quiet yet cold week with arctic air in place as highs remain below normal.