Snow remains in the forecast for many Monday, along with continued cold temperatures
WINTER STORM WARNING for all of northern Michigan continues through this evening. Additional mixed precipitation will continue hazardous travel and sporadic power outages.
It has been a messy weekend across the Great Lakes, with plenty of snow/sleet/freezing rain, along with gusty winds approaching 50 mph in spots and wind chill readings bottoming out in the single digits. This system would of been impressive in the middle of winter, but for the middle of April it's a memorable one.
Precipitation will remain in the forecast for all of northern Michigan through Sunday evening and night, with the heaviest/most widespread action around the Tip of the Mitt and E. Upper. Several more inches of snow and/or sleet is expected in this zone, leading to continued problems for travel. For the majority of the N. Lower, widespread sleet and/or freezing rain will diminish throughout the evening, allowing activity to be on the scattered side. There will be enough low-level moisture, however, to support lingering freezing drizzle along and south of M-72 throughout the night. Overnight temperatures do not budge much, ranging from the upper 20s to lower 30s under a gusty NE wind.
As low pressure slowly meanders east of the Great Lakes on Monday, it will allow for wrap-around precipitation to work back into the region, starting Monday morning. Temperature profiles support this action will mostly be in the form snow throughout the day, and positioned mainly along and north of M-72. Areas around the Tip of the Mitt and E. Upper will see the most consistent, heaviest action throughout Monday, where 2-5" of more snow is possible. Temperatures don't climb much on Monday, topping out in the lower to middle 30s.
Snow remains in the forecast Monday night, as the last of the remaining moisture slowly exits the region. Dry air works in on Tuesday, finally ending this long-duration system. While dry on Tuesday, it will feel like the middle of winter with the fresh snow on the ground and temperatures only in the 30s to near 40.
Another system brushes by the Great Lakes Wednesday evening into Thursday morning, with mostly rain coming from it. There is still a possibility for some snow mixing in overnight, but accumulations appear minimal at best. Towards the end of the week and into the weekend, high pressure builds over the region and temperatures will moderate towards normal values for the second half of April. Many locations will push towards the 50s by the weekend (a sign of spring, finally).
-Meteorologist Blake Hansen