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Cold start to Wednesday followed by stronger winds

High temperatures today got up to 27 degrees in Alpena. But notice the colder air to the northwest of our area, where highs reached only 10 degrees in Ironwood, Michigan and 7 degrees in Duluth, Minnesota. That colder air is heading in our direction overnight, although this cold blast will be short-lived.

Low temperatures overnight will range from about 10 degrees to the lower teens across the area. That’s colder than any temperature at Alpena airport in more than two weeks! A few scattered snow showers will remain possible into tonight.

Winds from the west have been generating lake effect snow showers off of Lake Michigan and some have drifted into Northeast Michigan. Lake effect snow showers will wind down before daybreak early Wednesday. Most of Wednesday is looking dry. A few flurries will be possible Wednesday night with a change of air mass, warmer temperatures will be on the way late Wednesday into Thursday.

Wednesday, winds will become stronger and out of the south-southwest. That wind direction will help bring in warmer temperatures. Those winds will be blowing at 15-20 mph during the afternoon and evening, plus some occasionally higher gusts.

Wednesday: A cold morning, dry for most of the day, then a chance of flurries at night. Predawn temperatures will drop close to 11 degrees. Late-morning temperatures will rise to around 20 degrees. Then temperatures will reach a high near 26 degrees in the early-evening.

Thursday: Warmer temperatures, a chance of flurries at night. Early-morning temperatures will begin in the middle 20s. Afternoon highs will reach about 35 degrees. Evening temperatures will cool to the upper 20s.

Friday: Cold air returns with lake effect snow showers. Early-morning temperatures will be near 20 degrees. Temperatures will struggle to climb much, highs will be only in the lower 20s. Evening temperatures will head into the teens.

Saturday will get even colder. For the rest of Northeast Michigan’s weather forecast, watch the latest weather video by clicking the weather tab at the top of the page.