Low pressure causing a wintry mess of weather to end the workweek.
A stationary front has been located across the Ohio Valley for the past few days. Low pressure will move into Illinois today and through the Ohio Valley/southern Michigan area Thursday - keeping precipitation in the forecast the next few days until high pressure moves in Saturday.
This morning, we've got everything - rain, sleet, thunderstorms, wintry mix, and snow. There are slick roads being reported across the L.P. as they've seen it all here; just some flurries in the E. U.P.
This will all continue across the area throughout the morning, dying down and turning scattered in the afternoon. Some in the Northern Lower will pick up a quick 1-3" in accumulation. Later tonight we do see the return of the precip - mainly in the form of rain, freezing rain, sleet, and wintry mix. Winds today are out of the NE at 10-20mph, but expect them to increase tonight with gusts in the low 30s possible.
The main issue for Thursday morning is freezing rain - the Central Lower may see 1/4" in ice accumulation. There is currently a winter weather advisory for parts of the Central Lower for 2am-8pm Thursday. This is due to the ice accumulating, along with breezy winds that may cause tree damage.
Wintry mix, freezing rain, and scattered snow spreads across the L.P. in the early afternoon, reaching the E. U.P. around dinner. Most have about an inch or two in accumulation, but near M-72, particularly near Gaylord, the amounts may be closer to 4-5". For your later evening hours Thursday, we see some wintry mix, but mainly snow for the E. U.P. and most of the Northern Lower.
Overnight into Friday we see a changeover to all snow across our viewing area. Tacking on some snow as well - models showing totals by Friday morning's commute to be 1-4" for the Central Lower (further south you are the lesser amounts you'll see) 4-6" for most of the Northern Lower with the Gaylord area towards Alpena looking at closer to 9", and 1-3" for the E. U.P.
The exact track of this system will determine who gets more rain and who receives more snow - we'll continue to keep you updated on the forecast.