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Bitter weather is back and likely to stick around

Highs have been in the teens for the last couple days, but it’s just been a brief reprieve from the bitter cold that returns to northern Michigan overnight and for the next couple days.

“Thursday will be the colder of the two days, where some areas are not likely to get above zero for their daytime highs,” says John Boris, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gaylord. He says the winds won’t be as bad as they were this past weekend, when the wind made it feel like 40-below in some parts of the region. But the winds will again be a major factor.

“Particularly Thursday morning, we’re going to be seeing widespread wind chills in the 20-to-30 below zero range,” he says.

Boris says there will be a brief warm up into the teens, perhaps in the 20s Saturday.

“And then another cold front comes in later Saturday and that will be dropping temperatures once again for the start of next week,” he says.

Boris says the bitter cold weather will persist at least through the end of the month, and into the first few days of March.