It's hard to believe, but we're now one week away from Christmas Day... ready or not!
Of course, it may not be feeling that way yet to many with the lack of snow on the ground. If the lack of snow weren't enough, temperatures are headed toward the 40s for many of us Wednesday.
As we look ahead in the 7-Day forecast which runs currently through Christmas Eve, our chances for snow look limited. On that same note, we've got at least a few chances left.
Opportunity 1: Friday Night
Our next system is set to arrive on Thursday, bringing primarily rain to Mid-Michigan.
While it's possible some snow may briefly mix in with rain overnight into Friday morning, most of what falls will be rain during the day on Friday, too.
The time frame we would be watching for is late afternoon and evening Friday before the system moves out of the region. Timing of the cold air as the storm makes its final push to the east will be critical, determining how fast we make the transition from rain to snow.
Right now, it appears the best chances for any snow on Friday night would be areas that are located farther east, like the Thumb.
Any accumulations on Friday night, barring a big change in the forecast, are expected to be 1" or less.
Opportunity 2: Sunday
There is still the possibility a disturbance rolls across the Great Lakes region on Sunday, but it's still a bit early on the specifics. We'll keep the chances in the forecast and take a look as we get a closer.
It's also possible lake-effect snow will be occurring on the western side of the state, which could find its way into Mid-Michigan from time to time.
Right now, it looks like we're fighting an uphill battle when it comes to having a white Christmas. However, chances aren't zero and it's possible at least a few areas of Mid-Michigan put some snow on the ground right at the last minute.
Stay tuned to the forecast over the next few days as specifics get ironed out.