The near perfect weekend forecast we have been touting for several days is coming to fruition right in front of our eyes. After a cold open here on Saturday, temperatures are now on the rise and will make a move for the upper 40s by day's end. The northerly winds from yesterday have ceased and southerly flow is now taking control. Winds will not be terribly strong today but some breezes will be felt this afternoon between 10-15 mph or so. Expect near unlimited sunshine here on the first half of the weekend.
A big improvement in terms of overnight lows will be felt tonight with temperatures only dropping into the mid 30s as opposed to the upper teens from this most recent overnight.
This will set the stage for a markedly milder day on Sunday with the mercury on track to hit the upper 50s to near 60 degrees. A few more high clouds will be seen on Sunday perhaps even filtering a bit of sun from time to time but overall a very bright picture is anticipated. Southwest winds will be noticeably breezier at 15-25 mph gusting to 30-35 mph at times. Take note immediate lakeshore communites will be a few degrees cooler than inland locations for both halves of the weekend.
The next storm system to affect West Michigan looks to arrive Monday afternoon and carry into early Tuesday morning. This will be an all-rain event with rain amounts registering at least a half-inch across much of the region. Before this rain moves in on Monday, readings will once again push well into the 50s
The pattern looks likely to stay mild right on through the reminder of this coming week. On most occasions daytime highs will be above the averages which are in the lower 40s for the second week of March.