A Winterstorm Guard is in place for the districts of Chippewa, Luce and Mackinac from Saturday morning until Saturday night. A few inches of wet, heavy snow is expected, along with gusty winds.
While the calendar indicates that would turn to April and further into spring, winter weather will keep North Michigan handle the extended forecast.
Our Friday starts cool but dry as the low pressure keeps control – just thin high-level clouds seeping through the region this morning. Morning Sun will be exposed to rising clouds in the second half of the day as a mild glide through northern Michigan slips. This disruption will bring rain / snow chance tonight, but will be mostly confined to areas north of M-32 and on the bright side. A dusting of snow is possible at most above the E Above the temperatures, temperatures are below freezing towards the sunset. With the help of morning sunshine and westerly winds, the high temperatures will range from mid-30s (E. Upper) to upper 30s-middle 40s (N. Lower).
Shortly thereafter, a stronger system arrives, which leads to an unclean Saturday for us all in the north. Models and guidelines have agreed on the trail of this system, with low pressure running through the E until Saturday afternoon. Upper to Saturday afternoon ̵
Precipitation arrives on Saturday mornings with everyone staying cold enough to be in the form of snow. While low pressure pushes through the E, upper, slightly warmer air is drawn in over the Lower N., allowing a change to afternoon rain. For the E. Upper, enough cool air / heavy rainfall will keep snow all day long. When the system departs, cold air filters back into the region, which will trigger a sea-effect snow in the typical snow belt areas. Snowfall levels vary – a wide 4-7 "snow in the E. Upper, with 1-3" in the N. Lower, before rain begins to mix. The snow for all will be on the wet, heavy variety that makes for sloppy travel. For N. Lower, a higher end of the March Sun angle combined with a rising temperature above the freezing point will cut into the sum. The wind will also be a Saturday theme – sustained wind speeds of 15-25 mph, with gusts in excess of 30-40 mph. High temperatures range from the low mid-30s in the upper to the upper thirties – close to 40 Degree in the N. Lower.
As colder air continues to flow into the Great Lakes, sea-effect snow is expected on Saturday night until Sunday morning. Overall, Easter Sunday will be cold and cloudy, but the effect of sea effect will decrease. High temperatures range from mid 20 to mid 30
meteorologist Blake Hansen