Talk about a SLOW moving weather system! That is what has been parked over the middle of the country the past few days and will still be with us at least through Saturday morning. Two-day snow totals from Wednesday into Thursday have generally been in the 2 to 6 inch range across the News 9 area. We will continue to have occasional mainly light snow tonight, Friday, and into Saturday morning. Over that period an additional 1 to 3 inches could accumulate for the most part in the News 9 area. The best chances of the 3 additional inches would be in the east and northeast part of the viewing area. So continue to use caution as you go out and about driving and walking. Be prepared for snow or slush covered roads and sidewalks at times.
The low pressure system responsible for this prolonged mess will finally push east of the area late Saturday. Unfortunately lots of clouds will stick around behind it right into early next week. Temperatures will drop to the upper 20s the next few nights with highs in the low to mid 30s. Winds will be from the east around 5 mph, becoming northeast Friday afternoon.
Sunday looks dry with highs around 33. A weak front will push through Monday, so there is a 30% chance of a few snow showers. Highs again should be near 33.
Dry conditions should be the rule Tuesday and Wednesday. With any luck we might get a few breaks of sunshine here and there. Otherwise temperatures won't change much, reaching the low 20s at night and low 30s in the afternoon, which is still about 7 to 9 degrees above normal.
Another weak weather system could push through next Thursday causing a chance of light snow. High temperatures will stay close to 30. There are some indications that much colder air could push in during the first week of February, so stay tuned for updates!
Have a great evening! Meteorologist Tony Schumacher, 2:25 p.m., 23-January 2020
On this date in weather history....
1971 - The temperature at Prospect Creek, AK, plunged to 80 degrees below zero, the coldest reading of record for the United States. (David Ludlum)
1987 - Strong winds ushered bitterly cold air into the north central U.S., and produced snow squalls in the Great Lakes Region. Snowfall totals in northwest Lower Michigan ranged up to 17 inches in Leelanau County. Wind chill temperatures reached 70 degrees below zero at Sault Ste Marie MI and Hibbing MN. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)