Storm Team 8 Forecast

Isolated Flurries and Freezing Drizzle South of I-96
Slick Spot Possible
LOW: 26
WIND: NW 5-10 mph

Winter Weather Advisory for Barry, Eaton, Ingham, Calhoun and Jackson Counties until 1 am for freezing drizzle and icy spots on area roads. 

SUNRISE 8:09 a.m.
SUNSET  5:10 p.m.

Isolated Slick Spot Tonight (mainly south of I-96)
Partly Sunny Tomorrow Afternoon
Dry and Cool Weekend

SYNOPSIS  A weak trough, currently (5 pm) from Holland to Lansing will continue to drift slowly south.  The trough changes the wind from the WNW to the NNW.  Along the trough there are a few snow showers and pockets of freezing drizzle.  These have produced a few icy spots in Allegan, Barry Eaton and Ingham Counties and we certainly have a chance of an icy spot or two tonight, mainly south of I-96. There are breaks in the clouds from Pentwater and Reed City to the north, but most areas will hang onto the clouds for much of the night.

After nearly a week straight under the clouds we finally have partly cloudy skies in the forecast for Friday afternoon.  The wind will be nearly calm on Friday.

WEEKEND WEATHER  The weekend looks great for running all of those holiday errands, finishing up the Christmas shopping or perhaps heading to a holiday party.  Conditions will be dry and pleasant with highs in the mid 30s.  We’ll become mostly cloudy on Saturday and then we’ll see partly sunny skies Sunday morning.

NEXT WEEK:  We’ll be headed into a stormier pattern next week.  We’ll have a chance of rain or a mix Monday afternoon into Monday night.  Rain is likely here Tuesday and Tuesday night.  Wednesday we’ll see the rain change to snow and slick spots may develop.  Snow showers are likely on Thursday.  A White Christmas looks likely with most models forecasting 1-3″ of snow on the ground Christmas morning.  Snow showers will continue on Friday and we’ll be in a fairly cold pattern as we close out 2014 and start the new year.   

WINTER SOLSTICE   Winter officially arrives Sunday at 6:03 p.m.  That’s the shortest day of the year with only 9 hours of daylight.

Check out Bill’s Blog. He’s got more on our chance of a White Christmas and also some interesting information on the Winter Solstice and the coming 7 days (the “darkest” days of the year).