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      Sloppy spring storm bringing rain and accumulating snow

      An early spring storm is slamming Northern Michigan with snow and rain.

      This particular storm system is creating quite the variety of weather across Northern Michigan. South winds ahead of this system are warming things up close to or over the freezing mark Thursday.

      A round of snow that lifted across the region very early Thursday will push into the U.P. by midday Thursday. That snow fell quickly with 4" reported at Eastport in Antrim County and 3.5" at Suttons Bay.

      For Northern Lower Michigan Thursday, snow will wind down some with a little rain or drizzle mixing in at times. We may get a couple hours in early/mid-afternoon with very little going on. High temperatures here will range from 36F at Cheboygan and Rogers City to 41F at Big Rapids. Later Thursday afternoon, rain and some snow will return and increase in coverage and intensity and continue the duration of Thursday night. Temperatures Thursday night will hold steady or even slowly rise keeping much of Northern Lower Michigan in rain with a little snow mixing in. This will all come to an end my mid-morning Friday.

      It will be a little different across the Eastern Upper Peninsula where temperatures will remain a bit colder. With that being the case, I don't expect much rain to mix in keeping this generally all snow here. The initial round of snow Thursday morning will taper off, but will pick back up again Thursday evening with a period of heavy snow possible, especially between 8 p.m.-3 a.m. Thursday night into Friday morning. Here in the U.P. a widespread 3-5" snow is forecasted but a few spots could see 6-8" in some smaller pockets such as around Newberry. This too will quickly wind down Friday morning with dry weather forecasted Friday afternoon.

      The weekend is looking great from a weather standpoint with dry weather both Saturday/Sunday. High temperatures Saturday will be in the 30's with 40's forecasted Sunday.