Same story as Thursday night…the Grand Rapids National Weather Service issued a Frost Advisory for most of West Michigan for this early Friday morning. It worked out well. There was scattered frost.
The Frost Advisory was for areas north of a line from South Haven to Detroit. With the warmer pattern, it looks like most of us won’t have a frost threat over the weekend and next week.
There was also a Freeze Warning for much of interior northern Lower Michigan, including Lake, Osceola and Clare Counties.
Low temperatures from Friday AM:
These locations dipped to or below freezing: 22° Atlanta (Montmorency Co. – 2nd morning in a row they were the coldest spot in Michigan, 23° Leota (Clare Co.) and Stonington (U.P.), 25° Doe Lake (U.P.), 26° Mio and Spincich Lake (U.P.), 27° Raco and Rexton, 28° Cadillac, Baldwin, Evart, Pellston, Iron Mt., Randville, 29° Midland, Houghton Lake, Lawrence (thermometer in a cold location), Lupton, Grayling and Indian River, 30° Hesperia (thick frost of the pole barn and ice on the bird bath), Vassar, Alpena, E. Jordan, E. Tawas, Escanaba, Manistee and Glennie, 31° Caro, Alma, Hastings, Entrican (Montcalm Co.) and Rudyard, 32° Ann Arbor, Flint, Port Austin, Jackson, Big Rapids, Ludington, Mt. Pleasant, Bradley, Mecosta, Watervliet, Gaylord, Bellaire and West Branch.
These locations had low temperatures above freezing at the 5-foot level: 33° Kent City and Wellston (Manistee Co.), 34° Fennville, Grand Junction, S.Ste. Marie, Frankfort, Harbor Springs and Cheboygan, 35° Fremont, S. Haven, Hart, East Grand Rapids, Eaton Rapids, Clarksville, Ithaca and Ceresco (Calhoun Co.), 36° Marshall, Ionia, Benton Harbor, Sparta, Charlotte, Albion and Traverse City, 37° Grand Rapids, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Hillsdale, Grandville, Hudsonville and Beulah, 38° Muskegon, 39° Coldwater, 40° Mendon, 41° Three Rivers, 42° Sturgis.
Here’s some low temperatures from Thursday morning: 19° at Atlanta (east of Gaylord in Montmorency Co.), 20° at Baraga Plains (U.P.), 21° at Doe Lake (U.P.), 23 at Raco (U.P.) and Stonington (U.P.), 24° at Spincich Lake (U.P.), 25° at Indian River, Roscommon, Chatham, High Bridge, Kenton and Pelkie, 26° at Mio, Leota and Sawyer, 27° at Iron Mt., Amasa and Stambaugh, 28° at Pellston, Rudyard, Marquette and Munising, 29° at Glennie, Trout Lake and Paulding, 30° Alpena, Rogers City, Engadine, Lupton, Escanaba, Manistique, Watton and Garden Corners, 31° Grayling and E. Jordan, 32° at Manistee, Newberry, W. Branch, Lake City, S.Ste. Marie and Houghton.
These locations stayed above freezing (at the 5-foot level): 33° at Wellston, 34° at Cadillac, Drummond Is., Frankfort and Beulah, 35° at Hastings, Traverse City, Standish and Old Mission, 36° at Jackson and Ludington, 37° at Evart, Alma, Baldwin, Mackinac Is., Beaver Is. and Midland, 38° at Lansing, Clarksville and Gaylord, 39° at Ionia, Mt. Pleasant, Belding, Entrican (Montcalm Co.) and Elbridge (Oceana Co., 40° at Fremont, Hillsdale, Sturgis, Kent City and Albion, 41° at Grand Rapids, Charlotte, Sparta and Ceresco (Calhoun Co.), 42° at Marshall, Coldwater, East Gr. Rapids and Hart, 43° Battle Creek, Lawrence, Lawton and Mendon, 44° at Kalamazoo, Bradley, Grandville, Hudsonville, Fennville, Hartford and Watervliet, 45° at Muskegon, Holland, S. Haven, Benton Harbor, West Olive, Grand Junction and Three Rivers.
Temperatures in the U.P. and N. Lower may be a couple degrees warmer than last night and those areas along and south of I-96 could briefly be a couple degrees cooler. I think the fruit trees will OK tonight.
The water temperature of Lake Michigan was 50° this Friday morning at Hoffmaster St. Park near Muskegon. At both the Port Sheldon buoy and the South Haven buoy, the water temperature was 49.5° and at the Ludington buoy, the water temp. is 46.2°.
There’s a 40% crescent moon and the bright planet Venus to the west this evening. The wildfire smoke has cleared out, so we have a bright blue sky this Friday and the stars should shine brightly tonight.
The overnight run of the GFS model keeps West Michigan dry through Memorial Day (29th).