Brief thaw but more snow expected later this week

Courtesy: Jim Stearns/Lake Louise (Near Hawks)

A little melting expected through Tuesday but colder temperatures are on the horizon along with some accumulating snow later in the week.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for most spots along/south of M-55 through 11 a.m. Monday morning due in part to some light snow and also some freezing drizzle mixing in leading to slick roads. This includes Ludington/Big Rapids/Clare/Mt. Pleasant.

Fog has also been an issue for parts of Northern Michigan early Monday and with temperatures starting in the mid/upper-20's some secondary untreated roads will be a little slippery early Monday. Temperatures will eventually climb back above freezing by late morning ending the risk for hazardous travel. It will be another cloudy day, but it's possible we sneak out a few glimpses of sunshine once the patchy fog burns off. With winds shifting to the southwest, it will be a fairly 'warm' day across northern Michigan. Temperatures for almost all will climb above freezing, with some pushing toward the 40 degree mark. For a few places, this is the warmest it has been since December 5th!

A cold front will pass Tuesday leading to a little bit of snow Tuesday morning (mainly north) with scattered lake effect snow showers following suit later Tuesday into Tuesday night. Accumulation should be light but we may see a couple inches of snow around the Newberry/Sault Ste. Marie areas Tuesday/Tuesday night.

Two other things we are monitoring.

1.) A decent potential for some accumulating snow at some point Thursday into Friday as low pressure works from the Central Plains toward the Great Lakes region. Still too early to know how much snow may fall, but if you have travels Thursday/Friday heading into Christmas weekend you will want to keep an eye on the forecast.

2.) After a brief thaw here early this week temperature will slowly fall back into the 20's Wednesday and then 20's/30's through early in the weekend. There are increasing indications that another sharp push of arctic air will drop in right around Christmas into the week before the New Year. That will certainly fire up the lake effect snow once again.

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