Lake effect snow showers continue Wednesday night, along with the cold
Winter has arrived, and has no intention of backing off over the next week (at least weather wise!). Make sure to take extra time on the roadways if heading out and about tonight, as many will be snow-covered and slick.
Lake effect snow will continue throughout Wednesday night, leading to slow traffic conditions and reduced visibilities at times. While roads may be icy anywhere across northern Michigan, the most likely areas to see this will be west of I-75 - where the highest snow totals will be. Winds will start out of the west, but gradually veer to the northwest throughout the night (at 10-15 mph), allowing the more consistent snow bands to shift towards Kalkaska/Antrim/Grand Traverse Bay region. Snowfall totals will vary depending on where one lives, which is the case with lake effect snow pattern, but for those in the typical NW 'Snow Belts' expect an additional couple inches of snow overnight. Low temperatures will range from the upper teens to middle 20s.
Snow will continue to fall through the morning hours on Thursday, before slowly tapering off during the afternoon/evening hours. While it will not be snowing all day, it will remain cold - high temperatures will only top out in the 20s. The lull in the action will be short-lived, however, as lake effect snow will pick back up Thursday night and into Friday - mainly for those that are impacted by a W-SW wind orientation.
On and off snow showers will continue throughout majority of the extended forecast (either in the form of lake effect or subtle clipper systems), leading to more accumulations. It will also remain cold, with below normal temperatures expected through next week. High temperatures towards the mid part of next week may only top out in the teens for many.
-Meteorologist Blake Hansen