Slippery and Slushy
Thursday was a cloudy day across West Michigan with temperatures in the low to mid 30s north and upper 30s to low 40s elsewhere.
Thursday night will be messy with snow developing along and south of US-10 with up to ¼" of ice accumulation along and north of I-96 possible. Temperatures will be around 32°. Winds will be east at 6-12 mph inland and east-northeast at 8-16 mph along the lakeshore. Wind chills will be around 23-26°.
Friday will be cloudy with periods of freezing rain and sleet along and north of I-96 with rain south of I-96. Some areas along US-10 may get 1-3" of snow. Temperatures will be steady in the low to mid 30s along and north of I-96 and in the mid 30s to near 40° south of I-96. Wind chills will be around 25-28°.
Friday night will be cloudy and colder with temperatures falling into the mid 20s. Winds will be northeast at 7-14 mph diminishing to 4-8 mph. Wind chills will be around 12-16°.
Saturday will become cloudy with rain developing around noon along the I-94 corridor which will move north throughout the afternoon, affecting the I-96 corridor by 4 pm and US-10 corridor by 10 pm. The northerly edge of the precipitation may start out as snow or a wintry mix but change over to mainly rain overnight. Winter arrives at 12:11 PM EST. Temperatures will be in the low to mid 30s. Winds will be east at 5-10 mph inland and 6-12 mph along the lakeshore.
Saturday night, the precipitation will gradually end with temperatures dipping into the upper 20s.
Sunday, a few rain and snow showers in the morning will transition to lake-effect snow by the end of the day with some accumulation likely. Temperatures will fall from the mid 30s into the upper 20s. Winds will become west and increase to 10-20 mph inland and northwest-west increasing to 12-25 mph along the lakeshore.
Monday will be mostly cloudy with lake-effect snow showers with accumulation likely. Temperatures will be in the low to mid 20s. Winds will be north.
Christmas Eve will be partly cloudy and cold in the morning with temperatures in the 0s but recovering into the mid 20s. Winds will be southwest.
Christmas Day will be mostly cloudy with light snow likely. Temperatures will be around 30°. Winds will be southwest.
Thursday wil be mostly cloudy with lake-effect snow showers with some accumulation possible. Winds will be northwest.
The 6-10 Day Outlook for Wed. Dec. 25 through Sun. Dec. 29 calls for below average temperatures and near average precipitation. Average highs are around 32° with average precipitation of .38" and 4.0" snow.
The 8-14 Day Outlook for Fri. Dec. 27 through Thu. Jan. 2 calls for below average temperatures and near average precipitation. Average highs are around 31-32° with average precipitation of 0.50" and 5.2" snow.
Make it a safe Friday!
Chief Meteorologist George Lessens