Sub-zero wind chills expected across Michigan this week

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A NOAA satellite image shows cloud cover over Michigan on Jan. 10, 2021.

A NOAA satellite image shows cloud cover over Michigan on Jan. 10, 2021.


Get ready to bundle up - or just stay inside. Sub-zero wind chills are coming to many parts of Michigan this week, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS issued hazardous weather alerts across the state to notify people of the coming below freezing temperatures and additional winds that further reduce what it feels like outside.

In central Michigan, Mecosta County is expected to see a high near 11 degrees and wind chill values as low as negative 8 degrees on Monday.

"Light lake effect snow showers may bring localized accumulations of an inch or two today and tonight west of Highway 131, which could also lead to hazardous travel conditions," the NWS stated.

In northwest Michigan, the NWS calls for accumulating lake effect snow, blowing snow, and subzero wind chills Monday.

"The heaviest snow is expected to fall across the traditional snow belt locations of eastern upper Michigan and to a lesser extent across northwest lower Michigan," the NWS stated. "Pockets of significantly reduced visibility are likely."

It also noted that recent cold temperatures and rapid ice development on area rivers and streams may result in ice jams and localized flooding in the northwest lower peninsula.

In Manistee, the high Monday is expected to reach near 13 degrees but wind chill values could be as low as negative 11 degrees, the NWS stated.

In the Great Lakes Bay Region, the high is expected to reach about 15 degrees with wind chill values as low as negative 6 degrees on Monday. West winds of 10 to 16 mph will have gusts as high as 24 mph, the NWS stated. It said no hazardous weather is expected the rest of the week.

In the Thumb, Bad Axe is expected to see scattered snow showers with a high near 14 degrees on Monday. Wind chill values could reach as low as negative 7 degrees, with a west wind 13 to 20 mph and gusts as high as 29 mph.