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Snow on the horizon

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Sunshine giving us a small treat today before the snow moves in tomorrow.

A gorgeous afternoon with the sun but chilly outside with the winds. High pressure passing to our south has had just enough influence on our weather to bring bright sunshine.

Despite the sun we are still feeling the bite today with gusty westerly winds 20-30 mph. These winds are greatly influencing our feels like temperatures. Highs will only reach the lower 40s, but gusty winds will make it feel like the lower 30s today. A good day for the coat and scarf.

Although chilly it will be beautiful day and a good one to prepare for the snow tomorrow. If you need to rake the lawn one last time or bring in plants and lawn furniture today is the day. Be sure to drag out the snow gear as well so it is ready to go tomorrow. Lows tonight will be cold falling into the middle 20s with the first flakes not expected until after midnight.

An area of low pressure arrives from the southwest tonight heralding the arrival of the snow overnight and lasting throughout the day tomorrow. You can track snow using our interactive radar.  

A Winter Storm Watch is in effect Saturday from 5 AM- 9 PM. Snow will begin to develop early Saturday morning increasing in coverage and intensity Saturday afternoon and evening. Periods of heavy snow possible in the afternoon. Snow will make travel difficult and dangerous. Find alerts here.

As of now the highest snowfall is likely to occur across portions of the northern Thumb in Huron and Tuscola Counties. Increased moisture from the Lake and Bay could result in a few more inches. Snowfall could ultimately top 5"-8" in those parts of the thumb. A general 4"-7" is likely for the Tri-Cities, I-69, Sanilac County and areas around Mt. Pleasant, with 1"-3" totals expected closer to M-55.

Snow will begin to taper off Saturday night with a few flurries hanging out Sunday and Monday. A very cold weekend ahead. Highs will struggle to climb into the upper 30s Saturday and the lower 30s Sunday. Lows overnight will fall into the 20s and that will allow any moisture on the ground to freeze so slick road ways are a concern.

Monday and Tuesday will hold on to chilly temperatures with highs in the upper 30s and low 40s. A few left over snow flurries are possible on Monday but Tuesday will bring sunshine back into the picture.  Seasonable middle 40s return Wednesday and upper 40s are on track for Thanksgiving.

Get ready for snow!

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