Winds could gust up to 50 miles per hour. As colder air slides in, freezing rain and/or sleet will become more likely across northern Lower Michigan Friday night.
The National Weather Service in Green Bay has also issued a WINTER STORM WATCH, which will be in effect from 1AM Saturday until 7PM Sunday, for the counties of Kewaunee, Manitowoc, and Brown.
A slow-moving low pressure system will track from the Plains through the southern Great Lakes and influence our weather from later tonight through the weekend into Monday morning, bringing plenty of precipitation and wind.
Ahead of the snow, strong thunderstorms are possible over northeast Nebraska on Thursday night and in far Southeast Nebraska on Friday.
This biggest concern with this four-day storm will be the potential for ice accumulation within the Winter Storm Watch zone.
Travel could be hard to impossible in these regions. Saturday night is expected to be cooler than Friday night, which will keep the freezing rain threat going, leading to more ice accumulation.
The best chances for impacts from sleet or freezing rain will be in the Winter Storm Watch zones and the chances run through Sunday morning.
TIMING: Rain is expected to change to sleet and some wet snow after dark Friday, and may already be a wintry mix north of Eau Claire. Just south of Eau Claire the amounts will gradually drop off as the transition to snow should be a little later, while further north accumulations will start earlier.