Big thaw comes on heels of another winter storm - WNEM TV 5

Big thaw comes on heels of another winter storm

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Scene from flooding in February, 2013 Scene from flooding in February, 2013
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM/AP) -

The big thaw has arrived in Michigan after weeks of bitter cold and repeated snowstorms, with temperatures pushing into the mid-40s in parts of the state.

The National Weather Service says Benton Harbor and South Haven saw readings of 46 degrees Tuesday, while Muskegon had a 45-degree reading and Holland 44 degrees. Detroit's high reached 34 Tuesday.

Locally, TV5 Meteorologist Catherine Bodak says to look for decreasing clouds and highs in the upper 30s on Wednesday. A perfect day to clean up and prepare for some messy weather ahead.

An intense area of low pressure will rotate through the region Thursday. During the afternoon hours, a variety of weather conditions are expected. A combination of rain, thunder, freezing rain, snow and fog will be possible for all of Mid Michigan as temperatures fluctuate.

Watch for reduced visibly, slick/slushy surfaces and even some flooding.

On Friday, strong southwest winds will gust in the 40s as colder air moves back into the region.

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