A quick visit: Warm temps for weekend

Kali Katerberg/Mining Gazette A sun halo is seen over the Michigan Tech campus Thursday, kicking off a warming stretch which is expected to last into the weekend.

HOUGHTON — After a series of cold stretches with below-average temperatures, weather patterns are expected to return to normal, at least for the next couple of days.

The year 2017 left the Keweenaw with a bitter cold snap that continued into early January.

However, the brief warming that is expected to continue into the weekend could be a good sign.

“We’re just kind of cycling out of this colder pattern, and whenever that happens we get a few brief warmups like we’re seeing right now,” said meteorologist Justin Titus of the National Weather Service station in Negaunee.

Friday’s forecast calls for highs in the low-40s and a bit of sun. Saturday comes with scattered snow showers, but the high is expected to hover around 32.

This warm spell won’t last long, with Sunday bringing the warm cycle to an end.

“It kind of looks like we will go into a colder pattern next week,” Titus said.

Next week’s forecast predicts highs will stay below-freezing and remain there, at least until the next warmup.

“At this point, we’re kind of in a brief period of warm, followed by a colder spell and other brief periods of warm,” Titus said. “We’re…in that phase of the winter, it seems at this point.”

Titus sees no signs of another long cold spell in the near future.