Frankly Speaking: Lots of Melting

Posted at 10:13 AM, Feb 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-18 10:14:35-05

Good morning!  It’s hard to believe it’s THIS cold this morning and it’s going to be THAT warm tomorrow!  Yes, I’m talking 50s throughout the area!

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Temps started out at 5 below 0 this morning in Big Rapids!!  Areas along the lakeshore were much colder as well, due to clear skies, calm winds, and a colder air mass.

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We’re on the fringe of that colder air mass and the warm front is just ready to move into our area!  It will creep closer in the overnight hours, but so will some light precip.

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A light mix of wintry precipitation will creep closer in our northwestern areas after the 8 PM timeframe.

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A light mix will continue after 11 PM and even into the overnight hours before changing to all rain.  Warmer temperatures are the reason for the low impact of the frozen precipitation tonight, but you’ll still want to use caution if traveling tonight.



Temps are very close to the freezing mark just after 8 PM (thus the wintry component,) but they’ll warm enough to transition any leftover precip to rain.


But what a difference a few hours makes as the warm front moves into our area.  Temps SOAR into the low to mid 50s!

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We’ll fall shy of a record, however, which dates back into the 1930s!  Temps along the Michigan-Indiana border may be very close to this number, however, so that’s something to keep an eye on.

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Usually when it’s this warm in February, there’s an awful lot of wind.  Gusts over 50 mph will be possible at times.  Expect some isolated power outages and tree branches down as well.  We’ll keep you posted bright and early tomorrow.  Wish the snow were gone so I could tee it up!  What are your plans for the warm day?  Let me know on Facebook.  Have a great day!