Much needed rain Thursday, snow and wind Friday

Published On: Dec 20 2012 03:57:08 AM EST   Updated On: Dec 20 2012 06:18:27 AM EST

The storm bringing big snow to the middle of the U.S. affects the Motown Area Thursday, but Southeast Michigan will be on the relatively warm side of the storm first.  Rain arrives just before dawn with much-needed moisture, but heavy downpours and a rumble of thunder are possible.  Large puddles and hydroplaning will be hazards for commuters.  Temperatures will be above freezing all day.  Temps will be near 40 in the morning and near 50 in the afternoon.

Snow lovers traveling to the northern Lower Peninsula will get the 6 to 12 inches of flakes they want.  Heavy snowfall will develop in Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska as well.

Winter begins at 6:12 am, Friday.

Thursday night will be windy, colder and snowier.  Northwest winds will pull much colder air from the north sending temperatures in a nosedive.  Snow showers will develop by midnight and for Friday with wind speeds between 15 and 30 mph and greater gusts.  Wind damage, including a spate of power outages, is possible.  Snow accumulations will be light; only a trace to 2 inches.  However, it will be slippery and messy for Friday drivers and travelers.  Friday afternoon temps will barely make it to the freezing mark, which is average for December.  Wind chills will be in the teens and single digits.

Saturday and Sunday will be sunnier but remain cold.  Morning and nighttime lows will be in the middle and lower 20s.  Daytime highs will be in the low 30s with average wind chills in the teens.

Winter-like air staying in place Christmas Eve and Christmas.  Skies will be fair, and this will be perfect for Santa and his reindeer.

The Local 4Casters have your latest weather forecast at and on Local 4 News.



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