A break from the snow for most on Thursday, but another clipper system arrives Friday
The clipper system that impacted the Great Lakes on Wednesday has exited out of the region, and will allow a lull in the snow action for most on Thursday.
While most will be uneventful, the 'Big Lakes' are still prime for lake effect snow, which will be the case in a scattered fashion today. Winds will gradually turn from the northwest this morning to the west throughout the afternoon/evening. This will allow lake effect to slowly push inland (mainly west of I-75 in the L.P. and north of M-28 in the U.P.), but will be light and scattered. At best, an inch of snow for these areas. High temperatures will be warmer, compared to the previous two days, ranging from the middle teens to the middle 20s. While the wind direction will be changing throughout the day, wind speeds will remain light - generally 5-10 mph, but will still allow wind chills to be in the single digits at times.
Lake effect snow will pick up Thursday night, before another clipper system arrives on Friday. The lake effect snow will mainly impact Charlevoix, Emmet, and Cheboygan counties, as winds will be in a west-southwest fashion. A general 2-5" is possible tonight in those areas, with lesser amounts elsewhere. The clipper system impacts most of northern Michigan on Friday, allowing for a couple more inches throughout the day - with the highest amounts for those in the W-NW snowbelts (Antrim, Otsego, Crawford, Kalkaska, Grand Traverse region).
The weather finally quiets some this weekend with a few early snow showers lingering into Saturday. It remains unseasonably cold Saturday with temperatures ranging from 15-25F but we warm some into the 30's Sunday/Monday with both days expected to be dry along with some rare mid-December sunshine. Another cold spell appears likely on Tuesday, ramping up the lake effect machine towards the middle parts of next week.
-Meteorologist Blake Hansen