LANSING, Mich. — Merry Christmas Eve, everyone! The warmth that we enjoyed on Wednesday is gone and arctic air is pouring into the region following the passage of a strong cold front. Today’s high temperature was set around midnight in the upper 40s, but temperatures will continue to plummet throughout the morning. We will be in the 20s by daybreak and wind chills will drop into the single digits and teens by late this morning. Plan for a cold and windy day with scattered lake effect snow showers. Lake effect can lead to quickly changing road conditions, so be aware that you may deal with reduced visibilities and snow-covered roads at times today. Lake effect snow will remain possible tonight and into Christmas Day. Temperatures drop into the mid teens on Christmas morning and we will only rebound into the mid 20s in the afternoon. Wind chills will likely be in the single digits and teens on Christmas.
The weekend will start off quiet with partly sunny skies on Saturday and temperatures returning to near-normal values in the lower 30s. We’re keeping our eye on another storm system that may bring some rain and snow to the area Sunday afternoon and evening. Highs will be in the mid to upper 30s on Sunday.
Colder air will build in again for the beginning of next work week. A few snow showers will be possible on Monday with highs in the lower 30s. Tuesday looks partly sunny with temperatures in the upper 20s. A midweek storm system may bring another round of rain and snow, so it will be something to watch.
-Meteorologist Caleb Meute
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