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Milder and calm Friday; Rain changing to snow likely this weekend

Some light snow is currently moving through Northeast Michigan, but at least it’s introducing some slightly warmer temperatures. Any leftover snow will clear to the east tonight, and dry weather currently over Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota will return to our area tomorrow.

High temperatures today reached the lower and middle 30s with cloudy skies until the light snow moved in. Slightly warmer temperatures are expected tomorrow.

Overnight lows will drop to the mid-20s as flurries gradually exit. Mostly cloudy skies are expected tomorrow afternoon as highs reach the upper 30s with a light breeze out of the southwest.

A storm system currently moving through Northern California will continue to travel east across the country over the next few days, then turning toward the Great Lakes this weekend. The forecast path of this storm system has become clearer, shown by the blue line. Between now and tomorrow, it will travel through Nevada and Utah, ending up in southern Colorado tomorrow. By Saturday, it will likely end up near the Missouri-Iowa border. At that point, ahead of the storm system, temperatures will reach about 40 degrees in Northeast Michigan on Saturday, so the precipitation will start as rain. Throughout the weekend, the storm system is predicted to travel through our state and then move to the east of our area. That path will cause winds to shift out of the north on Sunday, cooling temperatures during the afternoon, causing a changeover from rain to snow.

Here is the likely timeline for Northeast Michigan — Saturday will start dry, then in the late-afternoon or early-evening, rain will spread in from the south. Although a rain/snow mix is possible late Saturday night, overall mainly rain is expected through Sunday morning. Sunday midday, as cooler air from the north starts to advance into Northeast Michigan, rain will change to a wintry mix, then ultimately to snow for a few hours Sunday afternoon-evening. The messy weather is expected to depart Sunday evening-overnight.

Dry and calm weather will return tomorrow as highs warm into the upper 30s. Saturday will start calm, then rain will move in late-day with highs around 40. Sunday will likely be the messiest day this weekend, as rain changes to snow. After a high of 39 degrees in the late-morning on Sunday, temperatures will then drop during the afternoon. Cloudy skies will continue early next week as colder temperatures move in with highs in the lower 30s on Monday and Tuesday. 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.