February 6, 2013
The winter of 2012-2013 has been one of great varieties of temperatures and weather conditions. It has ranged from very frigid to spring-like in just a matter of a few days. The Flint area has seen very little snow but that may be about to change.
A clipper system coming down from Canada has been in the forecast for most of the week, but clipper systems don't usually bring a lot of snow, just very cold temperatures. But this one has joined forces with some warmer, moist air coming from the south and could bring mid Michigan it's first significant snowstorm in over a year. Originally only 2-4 inches were forecasted. At this time it has been increased to 4-8 inches depending on which meteorologist you listen to. Mark Torregrossa, former Channel 25 weatherman is predicting the heaviest to be in the mid sections of the lower peninsula. But NOAA is stating that the heaviest will be along the I-69 corridor with 4 to 8 expected. This storm is expected to reach the Flint area by mid morning on Thursday and continue into Friday morning. Traveling will become very treacherous by Thursday night.
A winter storm watch will go into effect late Thursday into Friday morning. Although heavy snow is expected, winds will remain rather light and no significant blowing and drifting is expected. Warmer temperatures will move in for the weekend with highs in the lower 40s. So if anyone want to make that snowman, conditions should be ideal.
Weather or not, have a great weekend and drive carefully.