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Brighter but still cool Thursday

Colder temperatures have moved into Northeast Michigan. Highs Thursday reached only 37 degrees in Alpena, that’s more than 30 degrees colder than Wednesday! There are even colder temperatures just to the northwest of our area, the high got up to a chilly 23 degrees in Houghton, Michigan. We’ll have to get through another day of cold temperatures before some warmth builds in for the weekend.

The cold front that came through Michigan late yesterday continues to progress well off to the east. A high pressure system near the North Dakota-Minnesota border is steering winds out of the northwest, circulating cold air into our area. This high pressure system will move closer and provide mostly sunny skies beginning Thursday midday, Friday and Saturday.

April will begin on a chilly note. Highs Thursday will only get up to the middle 30s, close to 10 degrees below normal. Temperatures will begin to get warmer Friday with highs in the middle/upper 40s. Saturday, temperatures will rise to the upper 50s. Temperatures will remain warm heading into early next week.

Thursday: Some morning cloud cover, then mostly sunny. Chilly and breezy with winds from the north at 15-20 mph. Predawn temperatures will begin close to 17 degrees. Afternoon highs will reach about 35 degrees. Evening temperatures will cool to the upper/middle 20s.

Friday: Mostly sunny, cool early. Early-morning lows will drop to about 18 degrees. Temperatures will climb to the lower 30s in the late-morning. Afternoon highs will be around 46 degrees. Evening temperatures will head into the 30s.

Saturday: A few clouds, much warmer. Predawn temperatures will be in the upper 20s to lower 30s. By the late-morning, temperatures will rise to the 40s. Afternoon highs will get into the upper 50s. Evening temperatures will go into the 40s.

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