Sad news for snow-lovers: Mild air rings in December

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - The sudden snap to unseasonably cold air back in October lingered through much of November, having fans of winter hopeful for a more traditional winter than last year. 

But recently, mild air is making a comeback. 

The NOAA Climate Prediction Center issues long-range outlooks for the entire country, focusing on temperature and precipitation trends. The trend into the month of December is likely above average temperatures with below average precipitation. 

Climatologically, highs are in the upper 30s for the first week of December.

That doesn't bode well with those waiting for snow - no more than a few flakes are in the 10-day forecast. 

Grand Rapids and Muskegon are already short on seasonal snowfall. On average, Grand Rapids measures 5.7" by this date and Muskegon 4.6". Grand Rapids has measured 0.6" for the season while Muskegon has recorded a trace amount of snow. 

Does this signify another winter lacking in snow? Not necessarily. 

Weather patterns can shift quickly this time of year, and snow is likely not too far away. 

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Laura Hartman is a meteorologist at WZZM 13. You can contact her by email at lhartman@wzzm13.com, or follow her on Facebook or Twitter

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