Slick roads and snow Friday night and Saturday morning
Sat, 05 Apr 2014 02:13:09 GMT —
Icy and snow-covered roads can be expected Friday night and Saturday morning across northern Michigan.
A low pressure system is working its way across the Northern Lower, and will push into Canada late Friday night/Saturday morning.
On the backside of this system, we're seeing the rain and wintry mix change over to all snow. Light accumulations are possible for most of us, with many not even picking up an inch.
The E. U.P. will be getting the higher amounts this time around, with totals around 4-7" by Saturday morning. Chippewa and Mackinac counties are under a winter storm warning until 12am (Friday night). Luce County has a winter storm warning until 8am Saturday due to totals closer to 10+", especially the further you are towards the Central U. P.
As temps drop behind this system into the 20s, expect icy roads, that may also be snow-covered at times. This is wet, heavy snow that will cause low visibilities periodically.
Winds are also an issue. Out of the NW at 10-30mph, they'll gust to the 40s at times. Winds this high can not only cause blowing and drifting snow, but cause loose objects to blow around and tree limbs to fall. They can also make driving difficult.
The good news is, although we'll have clouds and a few flurries Saturday morning, this will give way to more sunshine in the afternoon, and a lot highs will be in the mid 30s and low 40s (E. U.P. more low 30s). Sunday will then be even warmer with afternoon highs in the 40s and low 50s.
If you'll be out on the roads Friday night into Saturday morning, give yourself plenty of time to reach destinations. We'll make sure to keep you updated on conditions throughout the weekend.