Temperatures behind that cold front that swept through the region have been running in the 20s all day.
As a result, daytime highs across much of Upper Michigan will fall short of what we normally expect for an overnight low for this time of year. Only two official snow measurements were recorded by our spotter network Monday morning. Paulding, in Ontonagon County reported 2.1 inches of snow. While Bergland reported 3.6 inches, no reports have been received out of the northeastern counties. So please share those totals with us.
Gusty northwest winds and banding lake effect snow showers also got an early start today and have been the going theme all day. Peak winds reaching 30 MPH and more have been observed all across the Upper Peninsula. A peak wind gust of 50 MPH was observed on the windward side of Isle Royale this morning!
This is mainly thanks to strong arctic high pressure, which will steadily build into the Missouri River Valley through the overnight hours. Those brisk northwest winds will keep lake effect snow in the forecast, especially across the eastern counties thanks to the longer fetch off of Lake Superior.
Temperatures dipping into the teens across the western interior means Monday night will be the coldest night of the season so far. With those kinds of temperatures, even a 25 MPH gust would make it feel more like zero outside. According to the NWS wind chill chart, exposed skin can become frostbitten within 20-30 minutes on a night like this.
I'm sure many snow-lovers are finally elated that in addition to their regular underwear, they can now enjoy the added comfort of long-underwear. Meanwhile, the rest of us can take solace in the fact that this bout of winter will be relatively short-lived. Weather conditions for the second half of this week will rebound with seasonal highs in the upper 30s and low 40s.
So if you're one of those winter weather lovers, go make a snow angel while the rest of us throw another log on the fire and scoop up a big bowl of chili.