yesterday, it hit the 40+ degree zone. it was the first time in 5 weeks, this has happened. however, we are told not to get too comfortable, for today, and the next 24 hours, we are expected to be hit with a variety of ‘liquid’ weather events.
“We’ll be exchanging one weather headache for another over the next 36 hours,” National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Tilley said. “It’s going to be a very active period.” Most of the Lower Peninsula should get at least one-half inch of liquid. The western Upper Peninsula will have most of the precipitation fall in the form of snow.
The weather service is predicting:
a drop in temperatures to the low 20s overnight
an early morning wintery mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain.
the majority of the mix will be freezing rain
road surfaces should be pretty manageable, just be a matter of how much snow we get
expecting rain throughout the day and maybe even a rumble of thunder or two
with the storm drains clogged with snow we’re going to get some ponding on the roadways that could be difficult
rain is expected to fall on the region between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. as temperatures reach the mid 40s. milder air coming up from the south is bringing the warmer temperatures but will also lead to fog in the afternoon and evening as it sweeps over the snow on ground
we could be looking at some very impacted visibility between the snowfall and the fog. and we haven’t even gotten to the wind yet
the wind is expected to move in along with a cold front Thursday night between 8 p.m. and midnight
gusts up to 50 miles per hour, it’s going to be very substantial
the front will be bringing temperatures back down to where they had been. not quite as bad as when we were getting the polar vortexes, but certainly bringing the highs back below freezing for the weekend
with the drains clogged there could certainly be some risk for ponding on roads and some other flooding problems
not exactly sure how to dress for this series of ‘liquid events’ but it is sure to be one wild ride.