Late winter warm up

 

MANISTEE — Unseasonably warm temperatures greeted Manistee on Thursday, and the rainy weather combined with melting snow caused flooding and poor road conditions throughout Manistee County.

Several local schools were closed as a result, including Kaleva Norman Dickson, Bear Lake and Onekama Schools.

The National Weather Service issued a flood watch in effect through Friday evening throughout northern lower Michigan, including Manistee, Benzie and Wexford counties.

The forecast includes periods of rain and above freezing temperatures which will lead to excessive snowmelt over northern Michigan through Friday, and water-covered roads may become impassable. Rises on area rivers may exceed the flood stage.

During a flood watch, the National Weather Service encourages the public to monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

Colder temperatures and return to some lake induced snow is expected in favored northwest flow snowbelts Friday night and Saturday. The colder temperatures may lead to some slippery secondary road ways this weekend.

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