Those with Thanksgiving week travel plans will be dodging some snow over the next couple of days along with unseasonably cool temperatures right into the end of the week.
A cold front is passing Northern Michigan Tuesday morning which is kicking off scattered to numerous snow showers around the region. These will be with us much of the day leading to stretches where roads could be on the slippery side. Temperatures will hold steady or even fall some throughout the day as winds gradually turn more west-northwesterly. Snow totals will be kept in check with an inch or two expected across Northern Lower Michigan and parts of the Eastern U.P. through sunset Tuesday.
Going forward into Wednesday and also Thanksgiving Day, while a massive winter storm sweeps up the East Coast, that system will turn our winds northerly dragging cooler than normal weather into the Upper Great Lakes region for the rest of this week. There will also be enough of a temperature difference between the Great Lakes and the cold air aloft leading to lake effect snow at times. In this particular situation, we expect the bulk of lake effect snow Tuesday night, Wednesday, into Thanksgiving Day to be confined to far western Luce County and locations southwest of Traverse City from the Leelanau Peninsula southward along the Lake Michigan shoreline including Manistee/Ludington areas.
While nothing like a storm, snow totals over a multi-day period will add up in places with snow accumulation from Tuesday morning through Thanksgiving night topping 7" at Traverse City. The highest amounts will be clustered around the Thompsonville/Karlin areas where Manistee/Wexford/Grand Traverse/Benzie counties meet where a small area could see 8" of snow. Manistee and Ludington will top out around 4" along with Cadillac. Further east, amounts will be a lot lighter with only an inch or two forecasted for places like Sault Ste. Marie, Cheboygan, Houghton Lake and Clare. Daytime highs will remain in the 20's which is well below our normal high temperature this time of year which should be in the mid/upper-30's.
Temperatures will rebound some by the weekend with 30's expected along with some sunshine Saturday.