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Sunshine although cool Wednesday; Messy storm system Thursday

High temperatures today reached the upper 40s for most of Northeast Michigan with winds out of the west at 10-15 mph. Cloudy skies remained overhead and occasionally produced some spotty, light showers.

Scattered showers will weaken this evening, then clouds will gradually clear by tomorrow morning. A small area of clearing currently over Wisconsin and Minnesota will shift into our area tomorrow, giving us partly cloudy skies. The next storm system is currently developing over the Northern Rockies, including Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. This storm system will travel slightly south, toward Kansas and Nebraska, then turn to the Great Lakes. Colder air will set up in our area over the next couple days, causing this incoming storm system to likely start as snow Thursday morning, then gradually change to rain by late Thursday.

Low temperatures will drop to the upper 20s tonight. Partly cloudy skies are expected tomorrow, we should see some sunshine as afternoon temperatures reach 40 degrees. Temperatures will be kept cooler by a breeze out of the northeast about 10 mph.

Looking ahead to Thursday, snow will likely start in the late-morning. 1-3 inches of snow may accumulate, then melt as temperatures gradually warm above freezing. A wintry mix is possible for a while Thursday afternoon, including the potential of sleet and light freezing rain. Late Thursday, temperatures will likely warm enough to cause a changeover to rain. Thursday evening to early Friday, some soaking downpours will produce rainfall amounts of 0.5-1 inch. Steady rain seems likely early Friday, then scattered showers remain possible for the rest of the day. (The exact timing could still change, but this gives a general idea of what to expect Thursday-Friday.)

Tomorrow will be calm and brighter with cool temperatures as highs only get to 40 degrees. Thursday will likely be messy with multiple precipitation types, as snow gradually changes to rain. On Friday, temperatures will soar to the lower 50s. The weekend is looking calmer with afternoon temperatures in the lower or middle 40s, although a shower is possible late Sunday. 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.