MARQUETTE - A hazardous weather outlook has been issued by the National Weather Service at Marquette for western and central Upper Peninsula for the cold weather conditions.
The outlook was issued today and runs through Thursday. It includes Dickinson, Iron, Marinette and Florence counties.
"As very cold Arctic air invades the Upper Great Lakes, wind chills will fall as low as 20 below zero over the interior west half of Upper Michigan tonight," the outlook said.
"Wind chills will fall as low as 20 below zero over the interior west half of Upper Michigan early Saturday morning and Saturday night," officials said.
"Wind chill values will fall as low as 25 below zero at times from Monday night into Thursday morning over mainly the interior west half of Upper Michigan," the outlook said.
Cold temperatures and snow were expected in Michigan into next week. The lowest readings this morning were in the Upper Peninsula, including zero degrees in Ironwood and 1 degree in Iron Mountain.
Forecasters said lake-effect snow was possible in the U.P. and parts of western Michigan. Snow and freezing rain could make travel difficult.
Gale warnings were in effect today for Lake Superior, with waves expected to be 18 feet to as high as 27 feet.
With residents of northwestern Wisconsin digging out from as much as 17 inches of snow, forecasters warned that temperatures in the area could plunge as low as 25 degrees below zero.
Temperatures across north-central Wisconsin were forecast to fall into the single digits above and below zero on Thursday night. They were expected to drop into the minus 20s over the next few days into the middle of next week.