On & off snow showers Wednesday with widespread, accumulating snow tonight
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Emmet-Cheboygan-Charlevoix-Antrim-Otsego-Montmorency-Grand Traverse-Kalkaska-Crawford-Oscoda-Ogemaw counties from 6PM this evening through noon Thursday. Plan on times of slick travel, especially the Thursday morning commute.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Presque Isle and Alpena counties from 12PM Wednesday through 12PM Thursday. Several inches of snow are expected, leading to slick/hazardous travel.
Nuisance low pressure swinging around the Great Lakes will bring periods of snow throughout the next couple days, leading to decent accumulations in spots and messy travel. For Wednesday, expect on & off snow showers throughout the day, but not much in terms of accumulations - upwards of an inch or two is possible. While the forecast calls for on & off snow showers, I think most see a lull in the action during the midday hours before snow before more consistent, widespread snow works back into the region this evening/tonight. High temperatures top out in the upper 20s to lower 30s with a general northwest wind at 10-20 mph.
Heavier, widespread snow swings back into the forecast region off of Lake Huron Wednesday night, which will cause messy travel and some appreciable accumulations. The bulk/heaviest of the snow is expected to be positioned near the Lake Huron side of the state (Cheboygan/Rogers City/Alpena), where a broad 4-7" is expected as there will be subtle lake enhancement as well. For the rest of the N. Lower (generally north of M-55) and E. Upper, widespread snow slowly works through. Expect a broad 2-4", with a couple isolated spots seeing more. Low temperatures bottom out in the 20s.
Pesky snow showers continue into Thursday as low pressure hangs on across the Great Lakes. Light accumulations are still possible throughout Thursday, causing additional slick spots on the roads. High temperatures top out generally in the 30s, with most even a few degrees above freezing.
Drier air slowly works into the Great Lakes Thursday night into Friday, allowing snow chances to gradually end as well. Overall, the weekend looks mostly dry with some sunshine in the mix.
-Meteorologist Blake Hansen