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Snow, sleet and rain Thursday; Drier in time for the weekend

High temperatures today reached the lower 40s for most of Northeast Michigan. A light breeze out of the northeast about 10 mph kept temperatures a little cooler for some spots at the shoreline. We enjoyed plenty of sunshine in the morning and afternoon, but cloud cover is increasing this evening just ahead of an incoming storm system.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for parts of Northern Michigan, including Presque Isle and Montmorency counties, but not including Alpena and points to the south. The advisory begins at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning and lasts until midnight tomorrow night.

The storm system is currently near the Kansas-Nebraska border, and will head due northeast, through the Upper Peninsula. Most of the rain and snow is located north of its center. The first round of snow currently extends across Wisconsin and Minnesota. This will advance toward our area, and reach Northeast Michigan tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow morning will start with snow, the highest amounts will fall in the area under the Winter Weather Advisory. Allow extra time for any morning travel as roadways will become slick. For the afternoon, multiple types of wintry precipitation are possible including sleet and freezing rain. By the evening, temperatures should warm enough for (plain) rain — initially starting as scattered light showers, then a round of steady rain is likely tomorrow night until early Friday.

Tomorrow will be messy with snow, then mixed precipitation followed by evening rain. Rain is likely Friday morning, then the chance of rain will decrease by Friday evening. Most of the upcoming weekend is looking dry.

Snow to sleet to rain are all expected tomorrow, although some breaks in the action are possible late-afternoon to early-evening. Note that tomorrow’s high temperature in the middle 30s will occur during the evening hours. Temperatures will warm to the lower 50s on Friday as rain gradually ends. Saturday is looking dry from start to finish with high temperatures in the middle 40s. 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.