MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) (11/8/2018) - The ABC 12 First Alert Weather Team has tweaked snow totals for Friday just a bit as the storm system gets closer and details are becoming a little more clear.
Total possible snowfall is a bit higher than originally expected, with most of Mid-Michigan possibly receiving 1 to 2 inches of slushy snow.
You might as well enjoy it, because most of Mid-Michigan will see its first significant chance 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 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 inch to an inch and a half of snow is expected. Highs will top out around 36 in the early afternoon then begin to fall as the storm moves east and cooler air pours in behind.
Slightly higher snow totals will fall in the northern Lower Peninsula due to some lake enhancement.
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.