Today’s high temperatures (as of 6 p.m.) have reached 22 degrees so far in Alpena, 30 degrees in Chicago and 37 degrees in Minneapolis. Blustery winds from the southwest will cause temperatures to continue rising overnight. While gusty winds will come from the west Thursday, notice that the air mass to our west is warmer (over Minnesota). Thursday will turn out to be warm with highs in the middle 30s.
A cold front from western Canada will progress toward the southeast and affect our area late Thursday. Most of Thursday is looking dry until that cold front moves in, then snow showers will arrive Thursday evening. Colder temperatures for Friday and Saturday will follow behind the cold front .
Winds will remain gusty into Thursday. They’ll be sustained at about 15 mph but gusting up to 30 mph at times, coming from the west.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy and breezy, then evening snow showers. Predawn temperatures will rise to the upper 20s. Highs will get up to about 35 degrees in the early-afternoon. Evening temperatures will cool to the upper 20s.
Friday: Scattered lake effect snow showers, getting colder. Morning temperatures will drop to the upper teens. Temperatures will be nearly steady, or at least not climb much. Afternoon highs will be in the lower 20s. Evening temperatures will head into the teens.
Saturday: A mix of sun and clouds, the brighter half of the weekend. The weekend will get off to a cold start with early-morning lows near 12 degrees. Afternoon highs will be near 20 degrees. Evening temperatures will go into the teens.
A chance of snow will move in 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.