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      The spring that never was continues with signs of warmth next week

      It was a wet start to the second half of May with steady rain falling over much of Northern Michigan. For those grasping at any sign of spring, there is some hope next week as warmer weather will sweep back in.

      First though, we have to get through the next couple of days which are going to be chilly and even a few snowflakes may mix in at times.

      Low pressure over Indiana Thursday morning will lift across Lake Huron and exit east with rain wrapping around that system keeping Northern Michigan wet through Thursday night. After highs only in the 40's (a good 15-20 degrees below normal) Thursday, they may fall enough Thursday evening/night for a little snow to mix in at times. I don't expect much if any accumulation, but I suppose up to an inch of slushy snow is possible in a few spots.

      Skies will actually clear out some Friday with sunshine breaking through the clouds. It will remain cool with west winds. Highs again Friday will struggle to get to 50F with a lot of 40's forecasted.

      We open up the weekend with the return of showers Saturday. They will be driven by daytime heating, so by afternoon showers will sprout up in spots.

      The good news is that by Sunday, things will dry out completely with a return of lots of sunshine and a marked rise in temperatures. We approach 60F Sunday and get close to 70F by next Wednesday. Sunday and early next week will be dry.