(WWJ) As temperatures in Michigan start to dip, the state saw its first official snowfall of the season on Friday.
The frosty flakes were witnessed early in the morning in several areas of Northern Michigan, where residents woke up to light accumulation on porches and other elevated surfaces.
Meteorologist Dan Cornish, at the National Weather Service office in Gaylord, said the first snow came pretty much on time, which was a bit of a jolt considering how summer seemed to stretch on this year.
"It's actually been a very warm October so far up here," said Cornish. "Just in the last couple of days we've finally started to see temperatures start to come down closer to average; plenty of mid-40s temperatures out there right now."
Cornish said temperatures don't have to be below freezing to see some snow.
"It's still possible to get some snowflakes when you have, you know, like 33, 34, 35 degrees because they air can still be really cold right above the ground surface, which is what we saw this morning," he told WWJ's Michael Cohen. "We were able to get some flakes that made it through and fell to the ground, but then they melt pretty quickly afterwards."
Cornish said snow was reported not only in Gaylord, but also Grayling and areas westward towards Lake Michigan.
As for Southeast Michigan, Cornish said snow is not expected until into November.
Meanwhile, it will be a chilly weekend in metro Detroit. AccuWeather says high temperatures will reach only into the 50s, with lows in the 40s... and even down into the 30s on Saturday. Rain is also expected both Saturday and Sunday. On Monday, the forecasted high is only 50 degrees.
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