Mild temps today, Arctic blast and lake snow Sunday

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WEST MICHIGAN — Temperatures on Friday will make the 40 degree mark across most locations as an area of low pressure rides up through the state. The system will also bring some light rain during the afternoon and evening before cooler air filters in Friday night.

Our next Arctic outbreak occurs Sunday as temperatures plummet in to the teens. That means lake-effect snow is likely with several inches possible along/west of U.S. 131.  Conditions for the Monday morning commute in these areas will not be uneventful with snow covered, slippery, and even icy roadways likely as temperatures fall below the level where salt can work and melt effectively.

Take a look at a snapshot from one of our computer forecast models valid Sunday evening. Notice the colors on the map. They represent the air masses around 5,000 feet above the surface. Quite the Arctic chill! Temperatures will be about -24 C or about -11 F. That means temps at the surface even with a Lake Michigan modified air mass will only be in the single digits and teens.


I would suggest that any remaining snow or ice be scraped off the pavement BEFORE the next Arctic blast arrives, otherwise it will stay there for several more days! Make sure to stay up on later forecasts! Have a pleasant weekend. Get the complete details anytime at


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