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April 29, 2014

Seasonal temperatures won't last

TRAVERSE CITY — A warm front could bring temperatures close to 60 degrees today and tomorrow but don’t put your winter coat away just yet.

About 60 degrees is the average high temperature for this time of year, said Jeff Lutz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gaylord. Today will be about 56 degrees and breezy, with wind gusts as high as 30 mph. Wednesday could get up to 57 degrees with winds of about 10 to 15 mph.

Both days will see rain with a chance of thunderstorms.

The seasonal temperatures won’t last. A large area of low pressure should reach the Grand Traverse region Wednesday night, dropping temperatures back into the upper 40s, Lutz said.

“We’re going to approach or reach our normal highs here for the next day or so with this warm front, but with that colder air coming through we still haven’t lost that pattern of getting these cold shots,” Lutz said.

What will last is the rain. Showers are likely all week, and thunderstorms are possible. The Grand Traverse region could see up to an inch of precipitation through Friday, and scattered showers are expected to continue into the weekend.

“This is the beginning of what’s going to end up being a cool, rainy, off-and-on sort of week,” Lutz said.

The threat of flooding is low because most of the snowpack has melted and the rainfall is spread out over the course of the week.

“Over that period of time it probably won’t be enough to cause any of the rivers to go up appreciably,” Lutz said.

Overnight temperatures will dip into the mid-30s beginning Thursday, but it won’t be cold enough for the rain to turn to snow.

Lutz said the beginning of May is when warm temperatures will start to last.

“This is the time of year where we gradually start warming pretty decently,” he said. “By the end of May, we should be up in the lower 70s.”

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