Big swing to warm weather might stay around for a while

Kurt Hauglie/Daily Mining Gazette The slopes on Mont Ripley in Ripley are seen bathed in sunshine Tuesday. Although there may be lake effect snow and temperatures in the 20s today and Thursday, by Friday, the sun will return, and temperatures will be in the mid- to high-40s in much of the western Upper Peninsula.

HOUGHTON — As most residents of the Copper Country know, weather can quickly change during the winter, and that will be the case for the upcoming week, according to Jim Salzwedel, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township.

Salzwedel said temperatures will be in the 20s for Wednesday and Thursday, and there should be some light lake-effect snow and winds from 25 mph to as much as 40 mph near Lake Superior.

“There will be blustery conditions,” he said. “The total snowfall could be 3 to 5 inches.”

Thursday should be in the 20s and sunny, Salzwedel said. However, by Friday the conditions will change significantly with temperatures as much as 20 degrees above the low- to mid-20s normal for this time of year.

“By Friday, we’re looking at the 40s,” he said.

Saturday should be mostly sunny in the mid 40s, Salzwedel said. On Sunday, temperatures should be in the low 40s.

“There will be some places in the western U.P. that could get up to the high 40s and some close to 50,” he said.

The lake-effect snow expected for Wednesday and Thursday will be the result of a low-pressure system moving through the area, Salzwedel said, and the warmer, clearer conditions at the end of the week will be the result of a high-pressure ridge moving in from the southwest.

Salzwedel said the warmer temperatures may not end this week, but could carry into early next week at least.

“That warming trend could be with us for a little while,” he said.