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Fairly nice fall weekend shaping up weather-wise

Posted at 6:27 AM, Oct 22, 2016

WEST MICHIGAN — After a few lake effect rain showers early this morning, expect temperatures to slowly warm up this weekend as a warm front approaches from the west. The warmer air will move in aloft first, which will cut off any leftover lake effect showers by 10 AM.

Warmer air at the surface will be felt this afternoon as our flow becomes more westerly and the sun breaks through the clouds at times. Here’s a look at where that warm front is as of this early morning writing:

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Once this warm front clears the area, temperatures are expected to reach the lower 60s tomorrow afternoon.

The warm-up will be short lived, however, as a cold front will quickly follow. This will give us highs in the 50s for most of next week. You’ll also notice we have a couple of cold nights to get through with lows in the middle to upper 30s Monday and Tuesday night.

The colder nights should get the fall color changing quickly as we head through the upcoming week. Here is a look at what the fall foliage looks like across the state right now:

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As you can see, much of the interior northern Lower Peninsula is at peak color right now. This includes places like Gaylord, Grayling, and Houghton Lake. Much of the interior western Upper Peninsula is past peak color right now, but peak color continues near the lakeshore areas and over much of the eastern U.P.

Around here, peak color has yet to occur. It looks like next weekend will feature peak color across much of West Michigan, but the lakeshore areas here may not reach peak color until we flip the calendar into November.