A dousing rain is on the way through Tuesday for part of, but not all of Northern Michigan. We certainly could use some. Sault Ste. Marie, Traverse City, and Alpena have all had only a trace of rain since the beginning of the month.
We have enjoyed a nice stretch of summer weather with a fantastic weekend now in the books, but there are major changes in the forecast. The combination of an approaching cold front and low pressure that will spin up and ride north along this front will bring one of the heavier rains scenarios we have seen so far this summer.
However, some spots will see a lot more than others with the highest totals forecasted to be along/east of Interstate-75 closer to the Lake Huron shoreline.
Clouds will be widespread Monday with a few showers or scattered thunderstorms popping up in the afternoon hours just about anywhere. By mid/late evening though, low pressure will deepen and lift up across Lake Huron tonight. That will sweep in a round of heavy rain for locations east of I-75 in both the U.P./Lower Peninsula. Places like Alpena/Rogers City/Cheboygan/Drummond Island could end up with 2-3" of rain overnight. Further west, rain amounts will be a lot less. In fact places like Cadillac/Traverse City/Manistee may end up with very little rain through Tuesday morning.
Whether you see little or a lot of rain through Tuesday morning, rain will remain widespread Tuesday on the backside of this low pressure system for most if not all of the area. In fact it will feel very much like fall with northwest winds, gray skies, and a fairly steady light rain much of the day. High temperatures Tuesday will be stuck in the mid-60's.
The clouds/rain quickly depart Tuesday night with sunshine and comfortable weather for the remainder of the week into the start of next weekend.