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      Snow and ice giving way to bitter cold

      Well there is no doubt about it, Northern Michigan will end up with a White Christmas this year.

      Another round of snow Sunday added to what is already a healthy early season snowpack across Northern Michigan. The majority of Northern Michigan picked up between 5-8" although parts of Mackinac and Cheboygan counties saw close to 10-12" including St. Ignace and areas around Topinabee and Mullett Lake.

      Fortunately for Northern Michigan, we did not have to deal with freezing rain like they did over Southern Michigan this weekend that created major problems there. Over 400,000 residents are still without electricity with the hardest hit spots around Lansing and Jackson where close to three quarters of an inch of ice brought down trees and power lines. Some residents there are being told electricity may not be restored until next Saturday.

      Going forward, lingering snow showers will continue Monday across Lower Michigan with not much more than a dusting expected. Cold temperatures will sweep in with some spots plummeting below zero Monday night. While cold Christmas Eve Day, we are forecasting some sunshine with highs in the teens. The next round of light snow, on the order of 1-3" will arrive in Northern Michigan Christmas morning. Highs Christmas Day will be in the 20's.