It's one of the busiest travel days of the year, and for the most part, there won't be any major issues on the roadways across northern Michigan on Wednesday. The exception lies this morning in the typical northwest snow-belts (off Lake Michigan and Superior), as lake effect snow showers impact those communities. Accumulations will be light, on the order of an inch or less, but some roads may be slick. The good news is that winds will back towards the southwest throughout the day (at 5-15 mph), which will gradually end any remaining lake effect by the afternoon. For those outside of the northwest lake effect snow belts, a fairly quiet Wednesday is in-store. Expect mostly cloudy skies throughout the day, but the sun will filter through at times - especially in the northern Lower. It will be cold today, with temperatures ranging from the upper 20s to middle 30s.
A weakening low pressure system will track towards the Great Lakes late Wednesday night, which will bring some flurries for areas near and north of the Straits. Most of the overnight will be on the quiet side, with low temperatures ranging throughout the 20s to the 30 degree mark.
Thanksgiving morning - the mentioned low pressure system will bring an attendant frontal boundary nearby, allowing for some light snow showers to be scattered across the region. Accumulations will be light, less than an inch if any, so no impacts are expected. Towards Thanksgiving afternoon and dinner, a rather seasonable day expected with temperatures in the 30s.
Another system tracks towards the Great Lakes on Friday, setting up the next chance of precipitation. For 'Black Friday' shoppers, the morning will have limited impacts with most staying dry. There is a slight chance for some mix precipitation, but coverage will be isolated towards the Straits. Widespread precipitation, all in the form of rain with temperatures in the 40s, arrives Friday evening.
Lake effect snow returns to the forecast on the back side of the system on Saturday, with cooler air ushering in.
-Meteorologist Blake Hansen
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