The abnormally cold and snowy winter continues with Traverse City already picking up more snow here in late January than they do in a typical whole winter.
While a large ridge encompasses much of the Western U.S. leading to record warmth in parts of Alaska and a water shortage in California, it has been anything but across Northern Michigan as ridging out west pushes southward polar air across the state and much of the Eastern U.S. Schools over much of the Midwest closed Monday including roughly 100 across our viewing area due to the Wind Chill readings and also blowing/drifting snow that has set up shop over the region.
This particular cold spell will last into Tuesday night before we see a little relief Wednesday. Temperatures Monday will barely move with most spots between -5F to +5F. Blustery northwest winds will make it feel more like -15F to -30F Monday afternoon. With Wind Chill readings that cold, it only takes a couple of minutes of exposed skin outdoors to develop frostbite. While ice cover grows on the Great Lakes, there is still enough open water to induce lake effect snow. Amounts will not be all that high, on the order of a couple inches for the snowbelts, but the light powdery nature of the snow will blow around with any wind reducing visibility.
The same story Tuesday with light lake effect snow showers along with some sunshine attempting to peek through. Still, any sun will do little to warm things with temperatures Tuesday again stuck around 5F across Northern Michigan.
Wednesday will be much improved as sunshine will break through pretty much areawide with dry weather and comparatively warmer temperatures as we get back into the teens. A weak clipper system Thursday will bring back a little light snow although amounts will not be all that great.