A major storm has its sights set on the lower peninsula. Rain, freezing rain and snow are all on their way complicating or completely hindering travel plans.
Today will begin with foggy conditions followed by rain and freezing rain developing around 11 AM along the I-94 corridor which will move north throughout the afternoon, affecting the I-96 corridor by 2 pm and US-10 corridor by 10 pm. The northern edge of the precipitation may start out as snow or a wintry mix but become freezing rain generally along and north of I-196/I-96. Up to ¼" of ice is expected. Snowfall of 1-3" is likely over the NW counties. Winter arrives at 12:11 PM EST. Temperatures will be in the low 30s north and in the low to mid 30s south. Winds will be northeast at 5-10 mph, increasing to 7-14 mph. Wind chills will be around 22-25°.
Tonight, the precipitation will change over to rain overnight as temperatures rise into the mid 30s north and upper 30s to around 40° south. Winds will be northeast-east at 10-18 mph. Wind chills will be around 24-27°.
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. Wind chills will be around 22-26°.
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 west-southwest at 10-20 mph inland and west at 12-22 mph along the lakeshore.
Christmas Eve will be partly cloudy and cold in the morning with temperatures in the single digits then recovering into the upper teens. Winds will be southwest.
Christmas Day will be mostly cloudy with light snow and some accumulation likely. Temperatures will be around 30°. Winds will be southwest.
Thursday will be mostly cloudy with light snow likely with some accumulation possible. Temperatures will be in the mid 20s. Winds will be northwest.
Friday will feature partly sunny skies with temperatures near 20°.
The 6-10 Day Outlook for Thu. Dec. 26 through Mon. Dec. 30 calls for below average temperatures and near average precipitation. Average highs are around 32° with average precipitation of .37" and 4.0" snow.
The 8-14 Day Outlook for Sat. Dec. 28 through Fri. Jan. 3 calls for below average temperatures and above average precipitation. Average highs are around 31-32° with average precipitation of 0.50" and 5.2" snow.
Enjoy your Saturday and be safe.
Meteorologist Alana Nehring.