Snow pounds parts of Emmet County with a bitter cold entrance into the New Year

Temperatures may dip below zero by midnight across parts of Northern Michigan setting up a very cold start to the New Year.

Localized heavy snow pounded a few parts of Northern Michigan Monday night and now ice building up on the Muskegon River is leading to some possible flooding along that river in Osceola County.

Portions of Emmet County were hit pretty hard by lake effect snow Monday night, but it was very localized. Petoskey picked up 4" of snow and Cross Village got 6" of fresh snowfall. On the higher end Boyne Highlands tallied between 12-14" of snowfall. We had one viewer write in that just north of Stutsmanville in Emmet County, they measured 18" of snow! All of this due to persistent bands of snow rolling in off of Lake Michigan.

The cold weather continues with temperatures New Year's Eve Day forecasted in the 8F to 15F degree range. Lake effect snow showers will also continue, but in the Lower Peninsula they will be light with only another inch or two along/west of highway US-131. Further north, Northern Luce and Northwest Chippewa counties will continue to get dumped on with snow, heavy at times, rolling in off of Lake Superior throughout the day.

For those heading out New Year's Eve, it will be one of the colder ones in recent memory. Forecasted temperatures at the stroke of midnight will sit at -4F at Sault Ste. Marie, -6F at Cheboygan, -1F at Petoskey, 2F at Traverse City and 12F at Ludington with -10F at Alpena. By daybreak Wednesday, temperatures will crater with -20F forecasted at the Soo although spots southwest of Traverse City and Grayling may stay in the single digits above zero.

New Year's Day will be frigid with highs ranging from 14F at Ludington to a numbing -5F at Sault Ste. Marie where the temperature may not rise above 0F.

One other note, the National Weather Service has issued a Flood Advisory on the Muskegon River in Osceola County as an apparent ice jam has formed down river of Evart leading to water backing up upstream. Bankfull stage is 10 ft. with the river as of Tuesday morning at 10.6 ft. Flood stage is 12 ft. The river is forecasted to rise to 11.5 ft. near Evart and create some low lying flooding upstream of Evart. Expect fluctuations of a couple of feet along the river in this area as the ice forms and moves around.

Looking longer range, temperatures will rise back into the 20's by the weekend.