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      Snow and ice today, winter storm on the way

      A sloppy combination of snow and freezing rain/drizzle led to a number of school closings Friday giving some students an early start to Christmas Break.

      Low pressure will track across southern Michigan Friday with snow developing on the northern edge of that system across Northern Michigan. While snow will remain fairly light, parts of northern Lower Michigan will see another 2-4" of snow with the highest totals near Lake Huron as northeast winds off the lake will enhance snow amounts there.

      Further south, it has warmed enough aloft for rain to develop which falls into sub-freezing temperatures at the surface leading to some ice with ice reported at Baldwin, Reed City, Big Rapids and even some near Manistee early Friday.

      This storm system will exit the region later Friday evening with Saturday actually shaping up alright if you have errands to run or travels.

      We are still watching and piecing together what will happen Sunday. The latest thoughts are that snow, possible heavy will cross Northern and Central Lower Michigan with the potential for 4-8" or even more in our Lower Peninsula counties. That system bears watching and the 7&4 Storm Team will keep you updated throughout the weekend.