This day (Fri.) is like a weed. A weed can be a pretty flower, but it’s out of place in the middle of your lawn. Today would be the warmest day of January in most years. It wouldn’t seem out of place in March or November, but it’s just not what you want in late May. This morning there were Frost Advisories and Freeze Warnings in effect across much of the northern U.S., from N. Dakota to N. Michigan to Maine.
At 1 am Friday, weather stations at Big Rapids and Alma were reported light snow with mixed precipitation at Oscoda and Bellaire. Take these observations with a grain of salt. The temp./dewpoint at Alma was 43/42 and it’s pretty hard to get snow with a dewpoint of 42. These are automated weather observations and while you can generally trust the temperature and wind direction, you can’t always trust the precipitation reports.
We’ll stay cloudy, breezy and chilly for much of the day with occasional very light rain or drizzle. Some heavier rain is still possible to the south and southeast, but many of us have seen most of the rain that we are going to see. Once again, rainfall amounts were higher to the north:
Mecosta 0.85″, Croton 0.74″, Hart 0.71″, Reed City 0.70″, Mt. Pleasant 0.56″, Kent City 0.48″, Muskegon 0.42″, Grnd Rapids 0.33″, Lansing 0.32″, Ionia 0.22″, Kalamazoo 0.07″, Battle Creek 0.03″. These reports are as of 8 am. It was still raining south and southeast of G.R. at 8 am. The rain is moving east and should clear the area during the late morning, though a pocket of drizzle could linger into the PM.
It was cold this AM in the U.P. – down to 24 at Baraga Plains and 25 at Pelkie. I’ve got a fire going in my wood insert – as late in the season as that’s ever happened.