Slow & Steady Snow
Friday was a mostly cloudy and cool day across West Michigan with temperatures in the low to mid 20s north and mid to upper 20s elsewhere.
Friday night, snow will begin to overspread the entire region after midnight with 1-2" likely by daybreak Temperatures will be in the low to mid 10s north to the mid 10s to around 20° elsewhere. Blowing and drifting will be a problem towards daybreak as winds increase from the east to 8-16 mph inland and to 12-22 mph along the lakeshore. Wind chills will be around 3-8°.
Saturday will be cloudy and cold with an additional 1-2" of snow likely with heavier amounts along and south of I-96. Temperatures will be in the low to mid 20s inland and mid to upper 20s along the lakeshore. Blowing and drifting snow will continue as winds will be strong from the east at 10-20 mph inland and 12-22 mph along the lakeshore. Wind chills will be around 8-13°.
Saturday night will be cloudy and cold with snow tapering off during the evening. Temperatures will drop into the mid 10s. Winds will be northeast, shifting to the west at 4-8 mph inland and 5-15 mph along the lakeshore. Wind chills will be 4-8°.
Sunday will be mostly cloudy with lake-effect snow showers producing 1-2" inland and 2-4" along the lakeshore. Blowing snow will continue. Temperatures will be in the low to mid 20s. Winds will be west-northwest at 8-16 mph inland and 12-22 mph along the lakeshore. Wind chills will be around 10-14°.
Monday will be partly to mostly cloudy with afternoon lake-effect snow showers. Temperatures will be in the low to mid 20s. Winds will be southwest-south increasing to 7-14 mph inland and west-south increasing to 8-16 mph along the lakeshore.
Tuesday will be partly cloudy with a few flurries with temperatures near 30°. Winds will be west.
Wednesday will be partly cloudy with temperatures around 30°. Winds will be west.
Thursday, rain is now expected to overspread the region into early Friday with temperatures climbing to near 40° Thursday afternoon and falling from the upper 40s early Friday before falling into the 20s by the end of the day. Rain will change to snow on Friday with some accumulation likely.
The 6-10 Day Outlook for Thu. Dec. 19 through Mon. Dec. 23 calls for below average temperatures and above average precipitation. Average highs are around 33-34° with average precipitation of .39" and 3.8" snow.
The 8-14 Day Outlook for Sat. Dec. 21 through Fri. Dec. 27 calls for below average temperatures and above average precipitation. Average highs are around 32-33° with average precipitation of 0.54" and 5.4" snow.
Make it a wonderful weekend!
Chief Meteorologist George Lessens