Early Tuesday sunshine gave temperatures a strong start in central Michigan. Readings around the 20 degree mark in the morning rose above 30 for the afternoon. Our “normal” high temperature for the first official day of winter is 33 degrees. Flurries will change to flurries late overnight. The cloud cover may start to dissolve a bit with brisk west-northwesterly winds. Wednesday morning lows will dip into the lower twenties.
Our first full day of winter will be truly wintry! Even with some sunshine for the day, temperatures won’t move very far from Wednesday morning to Wednesday afternoon. Readings for much of the day, for much of the ABC12 viewing area, will remain in the high 20s. With westerly winds holding at 10-15 mph, wind chills will be in the teens. Highs are expected to return to the 30s on Thursday even with a noticeable lack of sunshine, and with light snow and flurries. A slight accumulation will be possible.
Christmas Eve will be warmer as south-southwesterly winds increase to nearly 20 mph. After a dry start to the day, it looks like we’ll have a very good chance of getting some rain. It should start in the afternoon and then continue until Friday evening. By Christmas Day most of the area is expected to dry out. The exception may be in the southern parts of the zone where a few rain showers will linger early in the day. Saturday afternoon temperatures will be in the 30s. We’ll let you know how the rest of the holiday weekend goes weather-wise on ABC12 News. -JR