* Cold Continues
* Lake Effect Snow
* Closer To Normal Weekend
* A Lake Effect Snow Advisory is posted for Luce County until 7am tomorrow. Heaviest snow will fall North of M-28 with more than 8" possible near Lake Superior.
**Winter Weather Advisory for Emmet, Cheboygan, Charlevoix, Leelanau, Antrim, Otsego, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Manistee, and Wexford counties until 10pm. 1-2" of snow and gusty winds will lead to low visibility and blowing and drifting snow.
*** A Flood Advisory has been issued for the Muskegon River near Evart because of fluctuating water levels because of ice. We will continue to monitor this situation as should people along the river near Evart.
Lake effect snow and cold temperatures have prevailed today and your New Year's Eve will be no different heading towards midnight. Bundle up if you are heading outside because temperatures will be frigid with lows in the single digits on either side of 0° and negative wind chills for everyone. Lake effect snow will continue, especially for areas of the U.P. and snowbelt. Gusty winds mainly from the west are creating many areas of low visibility and blowing snow and will continue to do so for the first part of the night so be careful hitting the roads.
New Year's Day will still be cold with highs only in the single digits to mid teens. Winds will be shifting to the northeast and changing the focus of lake effect snow to northeast areas of the Lower and right along the lake shores. Winds will be less breezy at only 5-10mph. Single digits to mid teens continue for Thursday with isolated lake effect snow. Friday will be slightly warmer with highs in the low 10s to low 20s and lake effect snow.
The weekend holds a lot more promise in terms of temperatures. Highs Saturday will reach the mid 20s to low 30s- right around to even a little above average! However, a clipper system will bring light snow chances for all. Sunday looks to be partly cloudy with just a chance of a few flurries and highs in the upper teens to mid 20s.
Cold temperatures and lake effect return for the first full week of 2014. Highs will only be in the single digits to low 10s for both Monday and Tuesday with lake effect snow.
-Meteorologist Jessica Van Meter