A mid-winter feel for Friday, with cold temperatures throughout the weekend

Photo Courtesy: Derrell Shaw

Our Friday across northern Michigan will feel like the middle of winter as snow and blustery conditions hang around.

An initial burst of snow will continue to swing through the area, with the bulk of the action being in the N. Lower. This burst of snow, caused by a disturbance swinging through, will drop a broad 1-3" of accumulation during the morning time-frame, causing slick spots to messy roads. Once this disturbance (weak low pressure) exits to the east, along with its attendant cold front, will usher in colder air and kick off the lake effect snow machine. Another 1-3" is possible, especially in the typical northwest snow-belts, throughout the midday and afternoon hours before the action gradually becomes isolated. Blustery conditions will be experienced by all as winds turn and increase out of the northwest - 10-20 mph with gusts upwards of 30 mph. High temperatures will not climb much today (low to middle 30s), and will actually fall into the 20s by the end of the day. Factor in the gusty northwest wind and wind chill readings will be in the 10s.

Lake effect snow will continue Friday night, but contained to the NW Lower and E. Upper. The bulk of the accumulations will be focused north of M-28, towards Whitefish Point and Paradise where 1-3" are possible. Upwards of an inch or two are possible in the NW Lower too. Outside of the big lakes, partly to mostly cloudy conditions will be the general theme. Low temperatures will once again be cold for early April standards, bottoming out into the 10s.

Looking ahead to the weekend, lingering lake effect snow showers are possible although Sunday looks quiet with temperatures continuing to remain below normal.

-Meteorologist Blake Hansen

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