Wind & lake effect snow into Monday
Sun, 23 Feb 2014 21:27:36 GMT —
Northern Michigan will see windy conditions and lake effect snow showers into Sunday night and Monday.
Low pressure is located to the north of Michigan in Canada - straight up from the straits in Ontario.
With counter-clockwise airflow around it, we're seeing breezy westerly winds at 10-20mph, with gusts into the mid 30s, and chilly temps. Winds will stay up until Monday afternoon, when they'll begin to drop to 5-10mph.
It's also causing lake effect cloud cover and snow showers, which will continue into later Monday until high pressure moves through the Ohio Valley. High winds and warmer temperatures have broken up much of the ice on Lake Michigan (ice coverage is now down to about 36%), and the exposed water has brought the return of lake effect snow. Accumulations for most will be light, but as of Sunday afternoon the following is in effect:
*Lake Effect Snow Advisory - Leelanau, Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Wexford, and Missaukee counties - from 7pm Sunday to 5pm Monday. Expecting an inch or two throughout Sunday evening, with another 1-4+" overnight into Monday morning. Light snow will then continue during the day Monday. This system will bring us 3-6+" by Monday afternoon - keep in mind, as usual, lake effect snowfall is highly localized.
With the higher westerly winds, there may be some drifting and reduced visibilities at times - whiteouts are possible. They'll also make our temperatures in the teens Monday feel much closer to zero, if not closer to 10 below.
Scattered snow chances will stick around through the mid-week. Sunshine, with very cold air, then looks to arrive for Wednesday through Friday, with temps struggling to get out of the single digits.