MARQUETTE -Melting snow, rain and fog due to record high temperatures made it a challenge for people to walk or run on sidewalks and trails Saturday in the Upper Peninsula.
"There was a low that went across Northern Minnesota and north of Lake Superior and it caused a stream of warm air that came up from the South," said Andrew Kennedy, meteorologist at the National Weather Station in Negaunee.
Saturday's high of 42 degrees tied a record set in 1994, Kennedy said. He added that in Chicago temperatures rose into the 60s and in Cincinnati a high of 71 degrees was recorded.
"We melted off 5 inches of snow so far," Kennedy said of the Marquette area.
However, more snow is on the horizon, he said. Another low pressure front was expected to move into the Upper Peninsula overnight and this morning, bringing cooler temps, freezing rain and sleet that turned into snow.
"We're going to see a lot of heavy wet snow, up to 5 inches in our area," Kennedy said.
Today the snow was forecast to keep falling with temperatures in the 20s.
"There is going to be some patchy blowing snow near Lake Superior also," Kennedy said.
Michigan State Police in Negaunee Township said they did not have reports of traffic incidents related to the weather during the day Saturday, except for a large puddle at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Main Street in Harvey.
While the Upper Peninsula was spared from weather-related accidents during the day Saturday, downstate Michigan saw a fatality due to foggy conditions.
A single-vehicle crash killed an 18-year-old driver and injured a passenger early Saturday in Laketown Township, the Allegan County sheriff's department said.
Jeremy James Plachta of Holland was pronounced dead at the scene in southwest Michigan where the vehicle struck a tree, the department said. Injuries to the 19-year-old passenger from Holland were described as not serious.
''It appears that due to the foggy conditions, the driver failed to negotiate a curve,'' the department said in a statement.
The National Weather Service posted flood watches and warnings for parts of Michigan and other Midwest states. Melting snow and ice, along with thunderstorms, were expected to contribute to flooding.
The weather service reported an ice jam on the Grand River caused flooding in the Grand Rapids area.
After subzero temperatures in places earlier in the week, the weather service said Saturday morning readings were in the 40s as far north as Cheboygan at the top of the state's Lower Peninsula.
But the forecast called for up to 7 inches of snow in parts of the state today. There may be near blizzard conditions, primarily in the northwest Lower Peninsula and parts of the U.P.
''Rain will change over to snow early Sunday morning, while winds will become very gusty,'' the weather service said Saturday. ''There remains some uncertainty in the exact amount of snow that will accumulate.''