Next round of snow sweeps in Monday with coldest temps. of fall expected midweek

Courtesy: Laurie Nichols/Bellaire

Expect snow later Monday morning through the afternoon. A general 1-3" is forecasted with cold weather following Tuesday into Wednesday.

It was just one week ago (last Sunday into Monday morning) that we were in the 50's. Since then, a significant pattern change has taken place and there are no signs of it changing anytime soon as colder than normal temperatures will linger through the upcoming week along with a few "clipper' like systems each bringing some lighter snow along with lake effect snow at times.

Scattered snow showers Sunday will taper off to flurries Sunday night as we get a very brief break in the weather. Skies will trend partly/mostly cloudy with temperatures falling off into the teens overnight.

Expect a widespread but lighter snow to roll in Monday morning through the afternoon hours as low pressure crosses over the region. A broad 1-3" is expected with temperature climbing into the mid/upper-20's. While the snow will be light, it will coat the roads leading to slick conditions Monday.

The coldest weather of the fall season will arrive Tuesday/Wednesday (highs only in the teens) which will reinvigorate the lake effect snowfall. Based on a NW or even more of a northerly wind the "highest" snow totals are forecasted from the Leelanau Peninsula south through Benzie/Manistee/Mason/Oceana counties where a 2-3 day snowfall total starting Monday through Wednesday will be in the 4-8" range here. Smaller parts of Antrim/Kalkaska counties could see similar amounts.

On and off snow showers (either in the form of lake effect or various clipper systems) will continue throughout most of the extended forecast. This will lead to more accumulations, and pile on the fresh snow pack. Temperatures will remain cold and below normal as well, with many struggling to reach the 20s.

We are always looking for snow accumulation totals, so if you want to measure and send us the amount and where you live we would appreciate that very much. Email us at: which comes right to our desk.

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