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Lake effect snow developing tonight-tomorrow; Much colder

Light snow just ahead of a cold front is moving through Northeast Michigan this evening. Tomorrow, cold winds traveling over Lake Michigan will generate lake effect snow, although the heaviest amounts will remain to our west.

Temperatures this afternoon reached the upper 20s in Alpena. Behind the cold front moving through Northern Michigan tonight, much colder air has expanded southward out of central Canada, where high temperatures reached only 15 degrees in Duluth and 0 degrees in Bismarck. That area of colder air will shift into Northern Michigan beginning tomorrow.

Low temperatures will drop to 5 degrees by early tomorrow morning with wind chills well below 0. The highest chance of snow showers will move through tonight, transitioning to lake effect snow tomorrow, winding down by tomorrow evening. High temperatures tomorrow will reach only 10 degrees in Alpena.

The combination of snow with the cold front moving through tonight and lake effect snow tomorrow, the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for parts of Northeast Michigan, lasting until 7 p.m. tomorrow. The advisory includes Alpena, Presque Isle, Montmorency, and Oscoda counties. Farther to the west, from Gaylord to Traverse City, a Winter Storm Warning is in effect where higher snowfall amounts are expected.

In Northeast Michigan, 1-4 inches of snow are forecast from this evening until tomorrow evening. As a result of lake effect snow, areas highlighted in orange will likely get 4-8 inches of snow, well to the west of the Alpena.

Lake effect snow showers tomorrow morning and afternoon will then weaken tomorrow evening. Saturday will likely remain dry all day, though start very cold with an early-morning low around -6 degrees. A few snow showers are possible Sunday morning, drying out late in the day with highs around 8 degrees. Temperatures will then turn very cold early Monday, dropping well below 0, and snow showers are expected to arrive Monday afternoon/evening. 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.