Winter Storm Warning continues across northern Michigan
WINTER STORM WARNING for all of northern Michigan throughout Sunday. A current, second batch of snow/freezing rain/sleet is expected late Saturday night into Sunday, leading to more travel impacts.
A second round of mixed precipitation (snow/freezing rain/sleet) has begun across northern Michigan, and will continue throughout most of Sunday. This batch of snow/sleet/freezing rain has and will continue to cause more hazardous travel, especially on the secondary/back roads. It does look likely that the Tip of the Mitt (we'll say north of M-32) and the E. Upper have the best potential to see a heavy wet, snow with some sleet mixing in as the main precipitation types - a broad 4-8" with locally higher amounts is expected in this zone. Farther southward in the N. Lower, precipitation will continue to mix with sleet and/or freezing rain, cutting into overall snowfall totals. While snowfall accumulations are expected to be less across most of the N. Lower, the freezing rain and/or sleet will cause hazardous travel throughout Sunday. Temperatures will try to climb slightly above freezing in the N. Lower, but will not be achieved until late in the day and only in isolated spots, giving little relief. The M-55 to US-10 corridor still seems to be the zone that has the best potential for significant ice accumulation. Temperatures Sunday will range from the middle to upper 20s in the E. Upper and upper 20s to lower 30s in the N. Lower, further adding to the expected high-impacts on the roads. One last thing, a strong NE wind will continue with gusts upwards of 40 mph - this, combined with the ice potential is likely to lead to more scattered power outages.
Towards Sunday night into Monday, the bulk of the precipitation will be focused towards the Tip of the Mitt and E. Upper, where additional snow/ice accumulations are expected. All of us finally dry out by Tuesday, but another system with rain and snow potential arrives by late Wednesday. Spring is still missing, even with the first day of May only about two weeks out.
-Meteorologist Blake Hansen