High pressure tried to come to the rescue on Friday, but it remained a bit too far west of us to hold the clouds at bay. Sun's going to remain tough to come by this weekend, but we will get a shot at some milder temperatures.
A brief window of clearing should hold until about 4:00 AM in many locations. Closer to daybreak, another weak disturbance tracking across the UP will spread a renewed wave of clouds in across the region, and possibly an isolated snow shower around the Houghton Lake area.
Overnight lows will take advantage of the clearing, diving into the upper teens to low 20s. Lighter westerly winds will take over at 5-10 mph.
Saturday & Sunday
Skies on Saturday will be a bit of a mix as well. Unfortunately, things don't look quite as sunny as earlier in the week, but we may have a chance for a few brighter patches to poke through from time to time. We'll keep our fingers crossed.
Highs on Saturday will remain in the middle 30s for the most part, with a southerly wind flow around 5 to 15 mph.
Saturday evening and overnight we'll gradually increase the cloud cover, which will stick around for Sunday. Overcast skies are expected from start to finish for the back end of the weekend.
Despite this, we should stay dry through Sunday morning and much of Sunday afternoon. Rain will eventually approach from the west and move in as the evening goes along, but some areas could be waiting until after dark.
Highs on Sunday will have a chance to warm up into the lower and middle 40s in our warmest locations, so although it won't be the brightest day, temperatures will be a bit more tolerable.
Rain becomes more widespread late Sunday night into Monday morning as our next system gets ready to pass through to kick off next week.
Monday Storm System
Speaking of that system, at this point, it looks to be primarily a rain event for us. As is always the case with these warmer winter systems, temperatures will be very important, so be sure to keep an eye on forecast updates as we refine the details.
There will likely be a period of mix and snow as temperatures cool down on the backside of the system. And once that system passes us by, cooler air will eventually get the lake-effect snow machine going on the west side of the state.
Of course, the conditions will be worse on that side of the state, but some lake-effect snow will periodically be possible from Tuesday through early Thursday. We'll keep you posted!
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