Snow flies back into the forecast
Winter weather is not over yet, and by the look of things, another round of accumulating snow is increasing likely for some of us late Friday night and Saturday.
In the short term, a cold front is dropping south across the area Thursday leading to a fairly quick round of rain/snow showers. Any snow that does fall with this band over the Eastern U.P./Straits region will be around an inch or less. A bit further south, mainly rain showers are expected along/south of highway M-32 as temperatures approach 50F on southwest winds. Skies will clear by Friday morning with sunshine to close out the workweek although it will be cooler with highs struggling to get up to 40F.
The main focus lies late Friday night into Saturday as a weather system just coming onshore cross the Pacific Northwest will jump the Rocky Mountains tomorrow inducing low pressure which will sweep across Michigan later Saturday.
Ahead of this, it appears cold enough late Friday night into Saturday morning for a round of snow which at least across most of the Lower Peninsula will gradually switch over to rain Saturday afternoon/evening. However, across Upper Michigan and the Straits region, latest temperature profiles through the atmosphere keep it cool enough for primarily all snow which would be a wet/heavy type of snow.
This is a preliminary look, but we could see a quick 2-4" of snow across Northern Michigan along/north of highway M-55 through noon Saturday. Little if any additional snow will fall over Lower Michigan as it switches to rain. If it stays cold enough in the U.P./Straits, we could end up with 6-10" of snow by Saturday evening there. This is all tied to the exact track this system takes and if enough warm air gets drawn into this system, it would greatly lower snow totals. So stay tuned to the 7&4 Storm Team for the latest. This will move east of us Sunday.