We close out March with a quick burst of spring-like warmth although it will be short lived as the weather looks to be active this week.
Northern Michigan is on the warmer side of a deepening storm system that is organizing over the Plains. Ahead of this, winds over the area Monday will flow in from the southeast which will bump our temperatures up. In fact, a few places may be the warmest since back in mid-November. High temperatures will climb into the 50's across most of Lower Michigan with 40's expected over the Eastern U.P./Straits area. The range will be from 41F at Sault Ste. Marie and Engadine to 58F at Ludington. Unlike Sunday, there will be a noted increase in high/mid level clouds which may dim the sun some, but Monday overall looks great with a feel of spring in the air.
Skies cloud up completely by Monday evening with rain breaking out after midnight across Northern Michigan. This will all be due to an approaching cold front with most areas seeing between 0.10-0.40" rain through Tuesday morning.
Following this front, temperatures will fall back into the upper-30's/low-40's Tuesday afternoon and any lingering rain showers will switch over to snow by Tuesday afternoon. We are not expecting much snow with less than an inch of accumulation, and even that will be confined to parts of the U.P. and interior parts of Lower Michigan around Gaylord/Elmira.
Quiet weather settles in Wednesday/Thursday before another storm system rolls in Friday. That one could be messy with potential snow, rain or perhaps freezing rain to close out the week. As we get closer, we will pin down the timing and also the details.