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      Showers Thursday with a wet and maybe snowy end to weekend

      As can be expected this time of year, the weather looks active now through early next week with even potential snow early next week.

      Right off the bat Thursday, a line of rain showers will sweep across Northern Michigan along a weak cold front. These showers will be light and spotty with not much overall accumulation. In fact, by late afternoon into the evening, some sun will break through. Temperatures Thursday will hold steady ranging from 46F at Sault Ste. Marie to 57F at Clare. Gusty west winds will taper off by evening.

      Skies clear almost completely Thursday night so it will be colder with 20's/low-30's forecasted.

      The next chance for light rain showers will roll in Friday late afternoon and evening. Much like Thursday, these will also be light and spotty with minor rain accumulation expected. There will be more of a temperature range Friday with upper-40's in the Eastern U.P. and low-60's along/south of highway M-55 in the Lower Peninsula.

      The weekend into early next week still looks murky and not completely clear cut with regard to weather. We believe a front will stall out close to us with low pressure developing and sweeping up along that front. That would imply rain and perhaps even a few thunderstorms if we can get into the warm sector of this system. Saturday looks dry for many of us early on, although some rain may roll in across our northern counties during the day. The more widespread rain will develop Saturday night into Sunday, especially across Lower Michigan.

      The million dollar question and one that has implications for those longing for spring is the issue of this system lingering around into Monday as well with colder air spilling in. If that happens, there certainly could be issues with snow and accumulation early next week. There is a wide variance among the weather models at this point with no consistent trend emerging yet, but the European model in particular is hinting at a winter storm early next week. Certainly not a slam dunk, but it is worth noting and something the 7&4 Storm Team will monitor closely.