Winter-like weather kicks off the weekend
The first measurable snow fell for some parts of Northern Michigan Thursday night into early Friday with a few isolated spots picking up 6" of snow.
The highest snow amount we had reported in was in Crawford County about 10 miles south of Grayling where 6" of snow coated the ground as of Friday morning. Based off other snow totals we received, the bulk of snow accumulation occurred in parts of Antrim/Kalkaska/Otsego/Crawford counties. A viewer wrote in with 4" of snow measured along Hayes Tower Road near Gaylord and another went out and said 3.5" fell at Pickerel Lake located in Kalkaska County. While no schools were closed or delayed because of the weather, we did have a few reports of some black ice concerns.
Going forward, any lingering lake effect rain/snow showers Friday morning will get disrupted as winds shift southwesterly which for a time Friday afternoon into early evening will lead to some sunshine poking through the clouds along with dry weather.
It will be short lived as skies cloud over quickly once the sun goes down Friday night with a rain/snow mix breaking out area wide after midnight into Saturday morning. Minor rain/snow accumulation is expected, but it will be a wet start to the weekend. Showers and clouds will linger into Saturday afternoon. Dry weather Sunday and then the coldest air of the season will plunge in across Northern Michigan early next week. A strong cold front will pass Veterans Day with high temperatures Tuesday struggling to reach 30F.