Weather officials predict a cold, snowy and rainy week

Ready or not, Meteorologists are predicting a cold, wet, and snowy start to the weekend, and possibly a storm system on Monday.

Dave Lawrence is a Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gaylord.

He said a cold front is expected to bring mixed precipitation Friday night and Saturday morning.

“That sort of brings us round one of some rain and snow in portions of the state. Then an even stronger system potentially impacting at least a part of Michigan,” Lawrence said, “We’re going to watch that closely, sometime toward Monday or Tuesday. And then that’s going to usher in some very very chilly conditions for this time of year.”

Lawrence said high temperatures are expected to remain in the 20’s and lower 30’s through next week.

“We’re also going to be watching a couple of different storm systems at various times,” Lawrence said, “The most potential appears to exist Monday into Tuesday for a possible snowstorm. So we’re going to keep a close eye on that one. But outside of even those systems we’re going to be looking for lake effect snow, so certainly going to be some potential for roads to get kind of of slushy as we go through the next couple of days.”

He said even though winter seems to coming hard and early, the conditions are not abnormal for Michigan.

And he said the snow may be a welcome sight for hunters tracking deer next week. Opening day of firearm deer season is Saturday, Nov 15.