First snow of the season taking shape Friday

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MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) (11/7/2018) - Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

You might as well enjoy it, because most of Mid-Michigan will see its first significant shot of the white stuff on Friday. But, don't expect any picturesque scenes of light fluffy snow that sticks around.

The atmosphere is expected to be well below freezing at all levels, except right at the Earth’s surface. That means what falls as snow will land in air that is over the freezing mark and mostly melt.

When the snow falls quickly, it’ll stick for a little while. That can actually help cool the surface air somewhat and allow snow to stick around longer.

Friday morning, the snow is expected to move in after 7 a.m. But, with those air temperatures around the freezing mark and even warmer soil, the first initial flakes will melt on contact.

The only way they can stick around is on elevated surfaces, such as grass, cars, bridges and overpasses. Snow will continue on and off all day long and last into the evening.

Temperatures will stay slightly over freezing as well, so only a slushy half-inch to an inch of snow is expected.

Slightly higher snow totals will fall in the Thumb and the northern Lower Peninsula due to some lake enhancement. Winds will be out of the east allowing that to happen.

Winds turn west Friday night into Saturday, howling between 30 to 40 mph on the backside of the storm system. Temperatures plummet into the 20s with wind chill readings into the single digits for some by early Saturday.

Some remaining slush and water on the roads could easily refreeze, leading to black ice Saturday morning.

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