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Mild air up north Sunday morning is heading south

Posted at 6:46 AM, Nov 13, 2016

WEST MICHIGAN — Obviously, temperatures usually cool off gradually as you head northward through the great state of Michigan. That’s not the case this morning, however, as a mild southwesterly breeze continues to keep temperatures well above average in northern and Upper Michigan.

Here’s a look at where temperatures stand as of this early morning writing:

local_temps

And here is a broader look at temperatures from across the Midwest as of this writing:

mw_temps

As you can see, it’s ten degrees warmer in Houghton/Hancock, MI than it is in Coldwater; and it’s ten degrees warmer in Big Rapids than it is in Three Rivers. Once again, the winds are the reason for this:

local_winds

As you can see, winds are calm in Three Rivers and Coldwater, but it is quite breezy as you head further north and along the lakeshore. This warming wind will eventually overtake the entire area, giving us milder temperatures than yesterday. A cold area of high pressure will continue to slide to our south and east, while low pressure and a warm front approach from the Plains:

mw_fronts

In the extended forecast, we have a slight chance of rain in the works for Tuesday and a brief cool-down on Wednesday. Even warmer air, however, is in store for the end of the workweek.