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Sunshine and warmer tomorrow; Wintry mix this weekend

High temperatures today reached the middle 30s for most of Northeast Michigan. Cloudy skies persisted, largely influenced by a breeze out of the west about 15 mph traveling over Lake Michigan, also a few lake effect flurries fell in Presque Isle and Montmorency counties (and locations farther west).

Dry weather over much of the Midwest will continue tomorrow. Later tonight, the clouds will begin to break apart, and we should see some sunshine tomorrow. The next storm system that will affect our area is currently over the southwestern states. It will move through Missouri and Kansas on Saturday, then turn north through Iowa and Wisconsin Saturday night, before crossing through Northern Michigan on Sunday. Winds out of the south ahead of the storm system will bring warm and moist air to our area.

Low temperatures will drop to about 16 degrees by early tomorrow morning. Partly cloudy skies are expected throughout the day, highs reaching around 35 degrees, and light winds near 5 mph out of the southwest.

The storm system currently over the southwest will bring a wintry mix to our area this weekend. Saturday morning will likely start dry, then a wintry mix will move into our area Saturday afternoon. Freezing rain and sleet are possible for a few hours Saturday afternoon-evening, until temperatures warm enough for a changeover to rain. Rain is expected Saturday evening through Sunday morning. After the center of the storm passes through Northern Michigan, winds will strengthen out of the west, and temperatures will sharply drop causing a changeover from rain to snow. Snowfall amounts do not look impressive, only a couple of inches, but blowing snow could be an issue Sunday evening as the wind speeds increase.

Tomorrow will feature some sunshine and warm temperatures, reaching the mid-30s in the afternoon. A wintry mix will move in Saturday afternoon-evening, then changing to rain. Temperatures will peak at 40 degrees on Sunday until strong winds out of the west bring a rush of colder air. Colder temperatures early next week will remind us it is still winter. 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.