Clouds increasing on Thursday, rain likely for parts of the weekend

Sunshine early on Thursday will give way to increasing clouds by the end of the day. Rain chances ramp up during the weekend.

A rather quiet day expected across northern Michigan, weather wise, for your Thursday. Sunshine for almost all in the morning will give way to increasing clouds throughout the second half of the day. Winds shifting to the southeast throughout the day will help advect this cloud coverage in a south to north fashion - more sunshine towards the NW Lower and Eastern Upper. High temperatures will generally be in the upper 50s to lower 60s, with those in the Grand Traverse area sneaking into the middle 60s.

Late in the evening and throughout Thursday night, cloudy skies will be the general theme for all. With the southerly flow and clouds, low temperatures will be mild for this time of year - widespread 50s. Also with the southerly flow, some low-level moisture will be advected into the area, which gives everyone a shot at seeing some drizzle/light rain shower.

On Friday, any drizzle/light rain in the area will move out of the area. Much of the day will be cloudy, but there will be some peaks of sunshine. Winds out of the SW 5-15 mph will allow temperatures to warm throughout the 60s, especially those in the Lower Peninsula. Towards the evening and overnight, an approaching cold front will become hung up over parts of northern Michigan. For now, it appears those south of M-72 will see the best chances for rain Friday night and gradually less towards the north.

Saturday, rain will be most widespread the farther south you are - generally south of M-55 at this point. For those farther north, peaks of sunshine throughout the day and staying dry throughout the midday hours. Towards the evening and overnight, low pressure develops along the stalled out cold front, ushering in widespread rain across northern Michigan. Rain amounts may exceed one inch by Sunday midday.

-Meteorologist Blake Hansen

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