The last day of 2021 featured a gray, misty setting that kept the roads wet in many areas. Temperatures for most of the night will be above freezing throughout most of Mid-Michigan, so road conditions shouldn’t be too bad for partiers. Bridges, overpasses and ramps could be a problem in some places, especially late. Temperatures at dawn on Saturday will vary from the mid-1930s in the southern parts of Observation Area ABC12, to about 30 in the northwest of the bay. A few light rain showers and snow showers will also be possible.
We have designated Saturday and Sunday as “alert days”. Periods of snow, increased wind speed and lower temperatures will combine, resulting in unsafe travel conditions for the holiday weekend. The storm system will move through our area until Saturday afternoon and persist until Sunday morning. The heaviest snowfall will occur on Saturday evening, with the heaviest amounts in some areas through Sunday morning reaching over 6 inches. With strong prevailing winds, snow will accumulate and drift in some areas.
Temperatures early Saturday morning will be at the hottest levels we will have for the day. As a fairly strong storm moves towards us from the southwest, our winds will increase to around 15 mph and turn from the north. This will result in steadily dropping to slow temperatures for the day. By Saturday night, temperatures will hover between the upper 20s and about 30 hours when snow begins to accumulate. The condition of the roads will deteriorate until Saturday evening. On ABC12 News, we’ll also be following another snow cannon for next week. – JR