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Mild Air Returns this Week

Dry weather continues until the weekend
Posted at 9:49 PM, Dec 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-07 21:49:10-05

LANSING, Mich. — We've made it through a full week of December, but the fall-like conditions are gearing up for one more shot.

Without any major features in the upper atmosphere, and without any snow cover yet on the ground, things have been quiet across Michigan to begin the month.

Sure enough, our weather pattern continues to keep us dry for the rest of this week, and will also feature several days where temperatures wind up close to 10 degrees above normal.

Tonight thru Thursday

Temperatures fall into the low and middle 20s tonight with clouds on the increase. Even with a mainly cloudy sky, most folks on Tuesday should see the upper 30s by the afternoon.

More sunshine is on hand for the second half of Wednesday and much of Thursday, as both days reap the benefits of a southwest breeze to get us into the middle and upper 40s. Before the week is done, even a stray 50 can't be ruled out.

Wet Weather this Weekend

Mild temps hold on into the first half of the weekend, when rain arrives as part of a large-scale system that will stick around most of the weekend. While most showers will be light to moderate, they should be persistent.

By the time Sunday rolls around, the frontal passage ushers in colder air. This means highs only inch into the 30s, and any leftover moisture from the weekend will fall as snow showers, mainly early in the day.

For now, the beginning of next week appears colder but still dry. We'll be watching to see if any potential winter storms begin to take shape in the long term forecast, but right now there isn't much to consider.

Unusually Little Snow?

This dry period is only a little strange seeing as by this point in the season, Lansing on average has seen 6.6" of snow through December 7th in any given year.

This year? The capital has only seen 0.5" of measurable snowfall with all of that coming down and melting quickly on the final day of November.

To compare, Lansing in 2019 had seen 7.3" to this date and had seen 12.2" to this date in 2018.

The last time we had just 0.5" of snow to date was just three years ago in 2017, but the last time we had less than a half inch to date was way back in 2009.

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