When you grow up in Michigan, you learn to accept winter. That means doing stuff like snowmobiling, ice fishing and cross country skiing.

But when the temperatures shoot up to 50 degrees in January, it's kind of hard to do stuff like that. Could winter just be winter again?

Get all your fun winter activities in this weekend because next week temperatures in Michigan are headed up  and they will stick around long enough to melt any remaining snow pack we have in West Michigan, and most of the Lower Peninsula.

The National Weather Service is calling for a steady warm up starting on Tuesday of next week. Temperatures will shoot up to 47 Tuesday and stay above freezing through next weekend, with a possible high of 50 slated for next Saturday.

Combine that with the brief warmup we saw this week, and most of the snow pack will be gone in almost all of Lower Michigan by then, with little in the way of new snow on the way.

And while that may be a welcome sight to your heating bill, the truth is we plan for cold weather in the winter in Michigan and the warmer temps will put a damper on winter festivals and sporting events planned for this time of year.

Events like the Mackinaw City Winterfest and Muskegon's Party In Your Parka will be more spring like than winter like with the temperatures well above freezing. Not to mention your ice shanty may be sinking. 

I kind of want winter back. I hate saying that.