The unrelenting cold continues for the short term, but there are some promising signs of this perhaps breaking some next week.
Temperatures early Monday slid down below zero for the majority of our inland areas away from the Great Lakes, although even near the lakes in places like Cheboygan temperatures fell in the -5F to -10F range. With that as a starting point Monday, we are not hopeful on really any signs of normal temperatures Monday with temperatures stuck in the low/mid-20's all day long, a good 15-20 degrees below normal.
A clipper type system now over Southern Canada will sweep across Northern Michigan Monday night with a quick round of light snow forecasted. In fact, we could see an inch or two by daybreak Tuesday although any snow will be a very light/fluffy type of snow. Winds will turn northwesterly Wednesday which will only allow temperatures to reach 20F as an average, again, well below normal.
Sunshine returns Wednesday which will also be the last day of this stretch where temperatures remain in the 20's.
The 7&4 Storm Team has its eyes focused on Thursday when we are expecting some type of winter storm to roll across Northern Michigan. At this point a few days out, there are many questions about the track it will take, and how much mild air/moisture will get drawn northward into it. This system will originate over the Central Plains and head towards us late week. It looks like any snow will mix with or turn over to a rain/snow mix with sleet also possible Thursday into Thursday night as temperatures climb into the low/mid-30's.
We warm up some late next weekend with highs Sunday in the 40's and perhaps even pushing 50F early next week.