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Dry and warm January greets northern Michigan

Li Kostiantyn

Meteorologists forecast a dreary January ahead for the second half of the month, with some rain, but only a light covering of snow.

Jeff Zoltowski is with the National Weather Service office in Gaylord. He said Traverse City may get some light snow soon, but any weather systems ahead will probably bring rain.

"We’re gonna have a brief interruption in the warm air Friday into early Saturday—in fact, Friday night will probably be the coldest night of the winter for a lot of spots in Northern Michigan," he said.

But Zoltowski said Friday and Saturday might – finally - look a little brighter.

"We have a chance of seeing some sunshine Friday afternoon and on Saturday morning," he said. "There’s going to be at least an opportunity to see that bright yellow ball in the sky for a period. It does look like we return to cloudier conditions for most of next week though.

Zoltowski said it’s not impossible for January to have some snow even with warmer temperatures. He said it’s too early to tell how the end of the month will look, but February should bring colder temperatures.

Ben Jodway is an intern, serving as a reporter for WCMU Public Media and the Pioneer in Big Rapids. He has covered Indigenous communities and political extremism in Michigan.