"Boring" Weather Days Are About to End - 10/09/13
Finally, after several weeks of weather that could be aptly described as "boring," the activity is heating up! Forecast models advertise two potent, fall storms on the horizon in the next week. The first will give West Michigan a glancing blow over the weekend. The second will bring the coldest air of the season -- and possibly our first freeze -- by the middle of next week.
The first storm shoots out of the central Rockies late today, making a beeline for the Canadian Plains. The track of this system takes it over the Dakotas and into the province of Manitoba Saturday, as it races to the north-northeast. A trailing cold front will drag across West Michigan Sunday morning. In advance of the front, we have a chance for seeing rain and a few thunderstorms Saturday night through early Sunday.
The second storm is ejected early Monday morning from about the same location as the first with a projected track that is farther south, which means it's aimed at us. The center of the system will be over the northern Lower Peninsula by late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning. A strong cold front will approach West Michigan in that time frame, bringing showers and thunderstorms; some of the storms could be strong. Temps will be falling Wednesday with Thursday and Friday likely being the coldest days we've had since last spring. Frost is a pretty good bet for Friday morning.
Forecast models show an area of low pressure spinning over James Bay the following weekend, providing more cold air. The pattern looks quite chilly for the weekend of October 19-20. Of course, these projections are for a period that's several days away. A lot can change between now and then, so as always, stay tuned!