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Heavy snow system will continue into the weekend for northern Michigan

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The heavy, lake-effect snow system hitting much of northern Michigan will likely continue into the weekend.

The National Weather Service in Gaylord has placed Antrim, Otsego and Charlevoix counties under a winter storm warning until Friday evening at 7:00PM.

East of Grand Traverse Bay, snow is projected to fall one inch per hour and could see up to 12 inches of snow.

But meteorologist Sean Christensen said over the weekend, this system will not be limited to just the northwest corner of the state.

“Other areas are definitely seeing snow as well like areas like Presque Isle County, Cheboygan. Even like some of the middle counties like Otsego is seen quite little bursts of heavy snow that lake effect is going to linger on and off up until about Sunday evening,” said Christensen.

Looking ahead to next week, the busiest travel week of the year, Christensen said isolated snow showers are possible for northern Michigan and there are no early signs of big snow events.

"For the rest of the week we're looking at some high pressure Wednesday, Tuesday Wednesday Thursday for the most part. You might see some isolated snow or rain showers if you're living more downstate and the temperatures are warmer but so far travel looks good for the holiday weekend," said Christensen.

Rick Brewer has been news director at WCMU since February 2024.