Cold air returns across northern Michigan for Friday and the rest of the weekend

The arctic cold front has swept through northern Michigan, and temperatures have fallen off significantly since last night. Cold air will continue to filter into the region, with temperatures only reaching the 10s to lower 20s throughout the day. Expect wind chills to be close to zero all day long with winds out of the north. Snow associated with low pressure and its attendant cold front will sweep out of the southeast portions of the viewing area by the end of the morning. With the cold air in place, lake effect snow showers will begin to develop - mainly along the Lake Michigan shoreline south of Leelanau county, and across portions of the E. Upper. There is plenty of dry air behind the cold front, which will keep accumulations light from any lake effect. Farther inland and away from the lake effect processes, there will be a good amount of sunshine.

Cold temperatures will be the story line for Friday night, similar to what was seen across the Great Lakes over the first week of the new year. Lows will range on either side of the zero degree mark today - colder across the E. Upper and inland areas of the N. Lower and warmer towards the Grand Traverse Bay region and areas south. Light lake effect snow showers will continue under a north-northwest wind.

A similar theme for the weekend as cold temperatures and lake effect snow shower chances continue. Lake effect will be confined to the L. Michigan shoreline and E. Upper on Saturday, with winds still out of the N-NW. On Sunday, lake effect snow will shift mainly towards Mackinac county, with winds turning to the southwest.

For the beginning of next week, a clipper system approaches the Great Lakes, bringing widespread snow to the region. The exact track and strength of this clipper system is still in question, but cold air will continue through early next week.

-Meteorologist Blake Hansen

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