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Warmer temps in the 40s on the way

Posted at 1:04 PM, Dec 08, 2014

WEST MICHIGAN — After some rain/snow showers Monday and Tuesday, look for improving conditions as we head through the week. A strong, developing low pressure system over the northeast United States will create wintry conditions there, but it will also help to slow/stop the flow of weather systems throughout the country. That means as a ridge of high pressure builds in to the Great Lakes beginning Wednesday, we can expect an extended period of dry, tranquil, mostly sunny weather with temperatures gradually increasing in to the 40s by the weekend.

While our current forecast calls for highs this weekend in the mid 40s, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of 50 degrees in our southern counties with little/no snow pack on the ground. Our next chance at seeing rain showers over the next several days doesn’t arrive until next Monday.

The snapshot attached to this story is a surface weather map valid for Thursday morning. Note the “H” or high pressure system(s) over the Great Lakes. This ridge of high pressure will keep us shielded from precipitation through the weekend. Note also the “L” or low pressure area over the northeast coast helping to keep our high locked in to place.

Normal/average highs for this time of year have us at about 37 degrees. There is no appreciable snow in our forecast through the early part of next week. Get the complete forecast at www.fox17online.com/weather.