A little bit of rain/snow was already rolling in early Thursday across Northern Michigan and Thursday through Friday could be on the messy side for the majority of Northern Michigan.
Lot of moisture will lift north across the region with both rain and snow possible. This system will be running into a dry easterly wind which should slow its progress northward leaving the Eastern U.P. on the dry side of things. However, further south expect slick roads at times through Friday. Temperatures Thursday will end up between 36-43F kept down by the cloudiness.
Messy weather continues through Thursday night and although this system will be exiting the area Friday, the clouds will hang around along with backwash rain or snow showers (scattered) at times. Another cool day Friday with lingering clouds as temperatures will stay in the upper-30's/low-40's.
With regard to snow, it appears Thursday night will be the best chance for some accumulation with most of that along/east of I-75 in Northern Lower Michigan. Alpena could end up with 4-5" total snowfall with a general 1-3" east of the Interstate in the areas just mentioned. Further west, it will be a little warmer with more rain so areas around Newberry/Traverse City may see little if any or a little slush.
The weekend looks pleasant. Skies will clear out with sunshine Saturday and a slow increase in clouds late in the day Sunday. Temperatures this upcoming weekend will be in the upper-40's to mid-50's.
Rain returns Monday.
-Meteorologist Joe Charlevoix
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