Wednesday Weather — 4/23/14

Wednesday brought us pleasant weather conditions across the region with  sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 40s and lower 50s. That all begins to change as we head into tonight.

The next system to affect the area will move in during the night, bringing just clouds for now. Temperatures will be warmer tonight than last night, as overcast skies keep lows in the lower and middle and upper 30s instead of the middle 20s we saw last night. Winds for the night look to begin to pick up a little from the southeast at 5 miles per hour.

Thursday, clouds give way to rain and snow early with rain becoming the main precipitation type by the afternoon. With that being the case, any small amount of accumulation we get during the morning will melt quickly away because of the rain. Also, watch out for areas of fog with showers falling on the snow cover. Highs temps for Thursday rise to the lower and middle, while winds come out of the southeast at 10 to 15 miles per hour. By tomorrow night keep the umbrellas out, because rain showers will still be around during the early evening. However, as colder air slips southward, be prepared for snow showers to take over after the 10 p.m. hour with accumulations possible through the night of 1 to 3 inches. Areas in and around L’Anse, as well as Houghton and the rest of the Keweenaw Peninsula, are expected to be at the higher end of that range between 2.5 and 3 inches. Lows for the night bottom off in the lower 30s and upper 20s as winds continue an east-southeasterly direction at 10 to 15 miles per hour.

Snow stays in the region all the way through Friday, bringing total storm accumulations between 2 and 4 inches and reminding us yet again of how the spring season continues to dodge Upper Michigan.