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Hello December

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Not quite feeling like the beginning of winter the last few weeks it seems like December has finally decided to show up. You are going to want the coat and scarf today.

Of course the official start of winter is still about 6 days away, the winter solstice is Tuesday December 22 but colder temperatures and even the chance for some light snow are on course for today.

Cooler temperatures today than recent weeks. Highs been stuck in the upper 30s all day and even cooler temperatures are on course for tonight. Lows will be closer to normal in the middle 20s. A few light snow showers are possible overnight. No accumulation expected.

It will also be windy today with a southwest wind 15-25 mph with a few wind gust near 30 mph. That will keep wind chills in the upper 20s and lower 30s. Time to pull out the winter coat again. The cooler temperatures today also came with a chance for few scattered snow flurries. The flurries have been very scattered this afternoon and a little hard to come by.  Still a welcome sight for many the light scattered snow flurries today will look festive, but won't stick to the ground. No snow accumulation expected today as the ground is too warm.

If you’re hoping for some white stuff on the ground Friday will offer a better chance. Lake effect snow showers likely Friday afternoon and Friday night. We won’t see much more than a dusting for most locations. No more than 1-2” expected between I-94 and I-69 Friday night. Slightly higher totals are possible father west and closer to Lake Michigan, but even those should amount to only about 3" at the most.

Keep an eye on snow with our Interactive Radar!

A second surge of cold air will work to the surface Friday and highs will be close to normal for the first time this month in the lower 30s. The cold air carries over into the start of the weekend. Highs in the low 30s Saturday as well. A few snow showers may last into the morning hours Saturday but will come to an end early. Dry on Saturday with more sunshine.

High pressure begins to work in Saturday and Sunday and allows a pool of warmer air to work into Michigan. This will lead to warmer temperatures as we approach the start of Christmas week.

A pair of storm systems will work through the Great Lakes region one after another on Monday and Wednesday, bringing a daily chance of rain showers in play through the first half of Christmas week.

It is still too far out to be certain, but the chances of a white Christmas are looking very slim. Long-range models pointing to another stretch of well above average temperatures through the holidays. Keep it tuned to TV5 for updates as Christmas approaches!

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