Published May 11, 2013
It is not just cold winds and chilly temperatures making this Mother's Day weekend feel more like March across northern Michigan, but also snow.
Snow lightly whitening grassy and elevated surfaces kicked off Mother's Day weekend across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, dropping visibility down to a half of a mile at Sawyer International Airport.
Snow showers are also dotting the Arrowhead of Minnesota this Saturday, and will spread to Upper Michigan and northern parts of Lower Michigan tonight through the morning hours of Mother's Day.
In most cases, the snow will not accumulate or will only leave a light dusting--that is especially true after sunset and through early Sunday morning.
The eastern half of Upper Michigan is where the snow has the greatest opportunity (on U.S. soil) to accumulate a coating to an inch. More significant accumulations are expected in central Ontario.
Setting the stage for the snow to fall is the chilly air pouring into the Great Lakes, heading toward the Northeast and mid-Atlantic.
That cold will force temperatures across northern Michigan to drop into the lower 30s and upper 20s for tonight before holding Sunday's highs to the 40s.
On a more typical Mother's Day across northern Michigan, temperatures would only bottom out at around 40 degrees, then warm into the lower 60s.
Brisk winds will add to the chill, plunging AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures into the teens across Upper Michigan and the lower 20s across northern Lower Michigan for early Sunday morning.
The good news is that this March-like chill will not last beyond the weekend. Temperatures Monday and Tuesday will rebound into the 50s with 70-degree warmth to follow for midweek.