All right, finally, I’m back with a forecast. We’ll be headed to the state capital of Michigan for today’s forecast. They were buffeted by snow and wind at the north end of the same system that brought tornadoes to the New Orleans area. How long until things clear out?
At 206PM, ET, Lansing was reporting overcast skies and a temperature of 28 degrees. Most of northern Michigan had cleared out, leaving the overcast for the southern part of the state. It was seasonably cool, stabilized by the clouds, as Michigan was within a sharp trough moving quickly through the Great Lakes. This trough is expected to generate a new area of low pressure overnight, one that will explode in the central Appalachians. A resultant flow over the Great Lakes may introduce more clouds and even some light snow to the region overnight.
A vast ridge will be moving into the center of the country through the day on Thursday, and will be in place fr Friday. Unfortunately for residents of Lansing, a robust little clipper will be riding the northern fringe of this feature. Precipitation will be much more significant in the UP, and where the Great Lakes can enhance things in lower Michigan, particularly around the Mackinac, but the southern fringe of the feature will likely reach Lansing. With the advancing warm air, there is a danger that some of the falling precipitation will arrive as sleet and make things icy for a brief time on Friday night. Fortunately, the warm up will continue, and this will not be a long term issue.
Tomorrow – Isolated early flurries, then clearing and warm, High 20, Low 14
Monday – Mixed wintry precipitation late, otherwise mostly cloudy and much warmer, High 33, Low 14
TWC: Tomorrow – Windy. Cloudy skies will become partly cloudy in the afternoon. A few flurries or snow showers possible High 19, Low 16
Friday – Cloudy in the morning followed by partly cloudy skies and gusty winds during the afternoon. Some mixed winter precipitation possible High 35, Low 19
AW: Tomorrow – Clouds breaking for some sun, breezy and colder with a couple of snow showers High 20, Low 14
Friday – Mostly cloudy and not as cold with some snow with little accumulation; breezy in the afternoon High 35, Low 13
NWS: Tomorrow – A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, high 22, Low 17
Friday – A 40 percent chance of snow before 1pm. Cloudy, High 35, Low 14
WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy. A 30 percent chance of snow showers until midday. High 18, Low 16
Friday – Cloudy. A 50 percent chance of snow until midday, High 33, Low 14
WN: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with chance of snow showers, High 23, Low 18
Friday – Mostly cloudy with chance of snow, High 36, Low 14
FIO: Tomorrow – Light snow in the morning. High 24, Low 14
Friday – Flurries starting in the morning, continuing until afternoon. high 41, Low 14
Some clouds lingering over southern Michigan, even 5 hours after I started this forecast. These are a real help though, otherwise it would be very chilly tonight.