Saturday warming up nicely after a cold start

Posted at 6:10 AM, Nov 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-12 09:36:28-05

WEST MICHIGAN — After the coldest night we’ve had this fall season, temperatures will warm to average or even slightly above average levels this afternoon across the FOX 17 viewing area. (The long-term average high in Grand Rapids for this date is 49° and the average low is 34°.)

The reason we were so cold last night and this morning: A chilly area of high pressure from Canada slid into the region. Here is a look at where that high is right now:


On the northwest side of this big, “double-barrel” area of high pressure, west to southwesterly winds are bringing milder air into the northern Plains. In fact, it’s warmer in places like Houghton/Hancock, MI and Minot, ND than it is here as of this early morning writing:


As that area of high pressure slides to the south and east of us this afternoon and tonight, that milder air will gradually make its way into West Michigan. Here is a look at where Future Track HD sees our temperatures tomorrow morning:


Although I think the 40s you see on the above image might be a little optimistic, it will certainly be a milder overnight than last with no 20s expected.

In the extended forecast, it looks breezy and warmer tomorrow. Our next chance of rain will only be a slight one on Tuesday as an upper level disturbance pushes through the area. After a couple of more dry days Wednesday and Thursday, a better chance of rain will arrive on Friday along with warm temperatures for this time of year.