It reached 54 degrees in Grand Rapids on Friday. Not a record, but close. The record maximum temperature of 57 was set four years earlier on January 6, 2008. We can expect cooler and dry conditions over the weekend with temperatures still running above normal for this time of year.
Saturday and Sunday will feature partly sunny, to at times, mostly cloudy skies. Highs on Saturday should still reach the upper 30s to near 40, but slip back into the mid 30s for Sunday.
Look for temperatures to once again moderate back up to, or a little above 40 degrees early next week, before the southern and northern branches of the jet stream have a chance to potentially interact and force the beginnings of a pattern change.
Medium range computer forecast models continue to indicate that colder, Canadian air will arrive later next week on Thursday and Friday. This pattern change will likely bring us windier conditions and another chance of accumulating lake-effect snow showers.
Overall, the general weather pattern for the country is looking colder at times, and more active for the second half of January. There will be the potential for two or three low pressure systems to bring us a better chance of accumulating snow during this period. Stay tuned for further weather updates and keep watching FOX 17 NEWS or checking fox17online.com.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times