T hose with travels this upcoming weekend will need to keep a watchful eye on the forecast as snow is likely in spots, especially if travelling downstate.
While a few lighter snow showers will carry on through the day Friday, any accumulation will be on the lighter side. In the meantime, a potent winter storm system will organize over the Central Plains Friday night and then track across the Ohio River Valley taking with it a messy combination of snow, sleet, and freezing rain.
Northern and for that matter Southern Michigan will remain cold enough for only snow, but we expect light to moderate snow to develop mid/late Saturday morning with the bulk of the snow along/south of highway M-72. Snow will then continue throughout our Saturday into part of Saturday night. In this particular instance, the heaviest snow will fall across Southern Michigan with Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Lansing/Detroit all looking at 6-8" snow this weekend.
Back home across Northern Michigan, snow amounts will be heaviest along an axis near US-10 with Ludington/Big Rapids/Mt. Pleasant all looking at up to 6" of snowfall through the duration of the weekend. Another spot that may see higher snow amounts will be near Lake Huron as winds turn easterly off the lake with Alpena/Rogers City looking at 4-5" weekend snow. The Grand Traverse Region inland to Gaylord will be in the 3-4" range with 1-2" all that is forecasted from the Straits region north into the Eastern U.P.
Again, if you have travel plans or are expecting company from downstate this weekend, the bulk of the snow will fall Saturday afternoon/evening. Daytime highs will remain in the teens to around 20F this weekend.