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Chilly air may bring flakes north this weekend

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The calendar says May, but temperatures in northern Michigan this weekend will feel more like April.

We expect to be in the 60s this time of year but temperatures over the weekend, especially Saturday, will be on the chilly side. How cool are we talking? High temperatures around Mid-Michigan will most likely be in the 50s, but as you head north, there's a good chance you'll be stuck in the 40s.

With cooler air filtering in and precipitation expected over the weekend, this means it isn't out of the question for a few flakes to fly in northern Michigan.

While temperatures at the surface will be above freezing, we'll have plenty of cooler air in the atmosphere above, with temperatures roughly 5000 feet above the ground below freezing.

The map in the article shows temperatures at that approximate 5000 feet level. Our maps for air above the surface are in Celsius, so we look for temperatures that are 0° C or below. The map shows all of Michigan below freezing at this level of the atmosphere on 1 PM Saturday.

Air that chilly means that a few flakes could survive the trip down to the surface, mixing in with rain. With warmer temperatures at the surface, accumulations aren't likely once that snow reaches the ground.

We've also attached a temperature map that projects temperatures at the surface for 1 PM Saturday as well. With temperatures in the upper 40s and lower 50s for Mid-Michigan, we'll likely see all rain. But as you head north, don't be surprised if you see some flakes!

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