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Snow gradually winds down Thursday with high temperatures near normal for early March

A pesky low pressure system slowly trekking east of the Great Lakes will keep snow showers in the forecast Thursday, but coverage and intensity will also be on the decrease throughout the day. The bulk of any additional accumulations are mainly expected throughout the first half of the day as low pressure hangs off of Lake Huron, allowing for better conditions for any appreciable snow. Overall, the NE Lower is still the prime spot to see the most accumulation - another 2-4" is possible throughout the morning. Everywhere else, another inch or two is doable in any one location, leading to some slick spots for the morning commute. Pushing farther into the second half of Thursday, snow associated with low pressure will quickly end. For the afternoon and evening, only lake effect snow in the NW Lower and E. Upper will be around. The good news is that with a higher March sun angle, road conditions should improve greatly. High temperatures will generally top out in the lower to middle 30s with a breezy NW wind at 10-20 mph.

Thursday night, scattered lake effect snow showers continue for portions of the NW Lower and the E. Upper as a northwest wind continues. Even with the lake effect around, accumulations tonight are expected to be minimal - around an inch. Low temperatures only bottom out in the 20s.

Drier air slowly works into the region on Friday, allowing for any remaining snow showers to end by the end of the morning. Temperatures once again top out in the upper 20s (interior spots of the N. Lower) to lower 30s.

Surface high pressure slides through northern Michigan on Saturday, keeping conditions nice and dry to begin the weekend. Expect partly sunny skies with temperatures once again in the 30s - right near normal for early March.

-Meteorologist Blake Hansen

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