Rain, snow, and wind in-store for the weekend
A messy weekend is ahead all across northern Michigan as the next low pressure system approaches the region.
A good chunk of Friday will be rain/snow free, but it will be cloudy all day long. Towards the evening hours, precipitation will work into a west to east fashion gradually - areas in the eastern Upper Peninsula will probably see some rain/snow first in the afternoon. Temperatures will be mostly above freezing, especially in the Lower Peninsula, meaning almost all of the precipitation that falls later today will be in the form of rain. The exception will be for those in the Upper Peninsula and the higher terrain of the northern Lower, where some snow may mix in - and the possibility a slushy inch accumulates in those areas. Temperatures will be mostly in the 30s to near 40 degrees, but those near Lake Michigan will sneak into the low to middle 40s. Winds will begin to ramp up as well, out of the south-southeast around 10-20 mph and gusts upwards of 25 mph.
Friday night will be almost all rain across northern Michigan as the region gets encompassed in the warm sector of the low pressure system. While in the warm sector, temperatures will be chilly overnight - widespread in the 30s to lower 40s, but all should stay above freezing. Areas near the Soo may see a continued mix, but again that will be the exception. Everywhere else, expect rain for a good chunk of the overnight. Winds will continue to be out of the south.
After a brief lull in the morning, more rain/snow showers will work into the area Saturday midday and afternoon, out ahead of the cold front that will sweep through later in the day. Winds will shift towards the north on Saturday, and it will turn blustery. Winds will increase to around 15-25 mph, gusts upwards of 30-35 mph. Once the cold front passes, lake effect snow showers will be the main focus. Accumulations don't appear to be significant from lake effect, but a flash freeze is a concern Saturday night as temperatures fall below freezing - causing wet roadways to turn slick. Highs on Saturday will range from the 30s to lower 40s.
Lake effect snow showers will continue into Sunday, mainly for those that are impacted by a northwest flow. High temperatures on Sunday will only top out in the upper 20s to lower 30s.
-Meteorologist Blake Hansen