It's been awhile for many spots, but a little snow flies back into the forecast Wednesday along with a gradual downward drop in temperatures into the weekend.
The unseasonably warm weather continues into Tuesday. It was warm enough for light rain Monday night/early Tuesday with .30" of rain falling just east of Cheboygan. A little snow mixed in for a few spots with a little slushy accumulation along the U.S./Canadian border of the Eastern U.P. Overall, the weather Tuesday will remain on the quiet side with clouds hanging around all day along with some patchy fog. Temperatures Tuesday will be in the 34-39F range.
Low pressure over Kansas Tuesday afternoon will left to near Grand Rapids by Wednesday evening with snow developing over on the northern flank of this system. Parts of Nebraska could see over a foot of snow as this crosses the Midwest. By the time this gets to Northern Michigan, snow amounts will be on the lighter side. That being said, we do expect some lighter snow to develop Wednesday through part of Wednesday night across Northern into Central Michigan. Snowfall totals through Wednesday night will be light, with perhaps 1-2" in spots. Slightly better amounts will be found along/south of highway M-72. One limiting factor for heavier snow will be the temperature as highs Wednesday will get back into the mid-30's to near 40F.
Lingering (lighter) snow showers are likely Thursday right into the weekend with a slow decline in temperatures. Mid-30's Thursday, but highs Friday only expected to top out around 30F and by the weekend, temperatures will drop into 20's (much closer to average for late January). A few lighter lake effect snow showers are certainly possible late this week through Saturday with minor accumulation.
It looks even colder next week with a reinforcing push of much colder weather set to arrive next Tuesday with high temperatures falling off into the teens later next week.
-Meteorologist Joe Charlevoix
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