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Snow Showers on Wednesday

Some roads could become slick with light accumulations
Posted at 11:03 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 23:03:11-05

LANSING, Mich. — With just a half an inch of snow so far this season in Lansing, we're long overdue for some of the white stuff.

Some spots may pick up just enough with a couple afternoon snow showers on Wednesday to coat a few surfaces for a short time.

Tonight thru Wednesday

While conditions remain quiet and cloudy around here Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, a large-scale storm system is brewing south and west of Michigan.

We'll ultimately get clipped by the outermost bands of snow associated with this future nor'easter, which takes aim at the Northeast states late tomorrow into Thursday. Some spots there are expecting nearly two feet of snow.

No worries for us, though; it's just a dusting at most for many here tomorrow, though closer to an inch could fall south of I-94 and farther east.

Slick roads aren't a major concern, but it should be noted that even roads that just look wet could be more icy than expected since temperatures will remain below freezing all day.

The evening commute will be the time of most caution, so please remember to take it slow and be patient during this light event.

Again, south and east will see the greatest impacts, up to around an inch of fresh snow.

Quiet Thursday and Friday

Clouds hang around into Thursday for yet another day our temperatures should fall around or below the freezing mark.

While more peeks of sun are around for Friday, we'll stay in the middle 30s--but this is at least back to slightly above average.

Mix Chance This Weekend

A mix of rain and snow is expected to slide through for Saturday, though right now it looks like this may have minimal impacts.

Whether this falls as light rain, a drizzle/snow mix or as all snowflakes, the thing to watch will be the icing over of wet roads as the temperatures fall from the upper 30s into the 20s overnight.

Sunday will be a chance to dry back out with highs trying their best to climb towards the 40 degree mark under some more clouds.

Warmer Next Week?

Model forecasts are suggesting that we could see relatively milder temperatures next week leading up to Christmas. We'll be at or above 40 into at least Christmas Eve based on the longer outlook.

Does this mean our chances for a "White Christmas" are gone? Not entirely.

That said, if we end up having snow on Christmas morning, it will have to come courtesy of a system that comes to light late on Christmas Eve.

While this doesn't appear to be in the cards right now, it's something we'll certainly be watching come this time next week.

Unusually Snowless Start

As of this evening, only 0.5" of measurable snow has fallen in Lansing this season. We will likely add at least a small amount to this during the next 24 hours.

But this is an unusually slow start to the snow season. For reference, by this time in the average year, Lansing has typically seen 9.5" through a given December 15th.

The last time we had such little snow to this point in the season was back in the warm year of 1998--by that time, we hadn't seen any snow yet!

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