WEST MICHIGAN — The forecast from FOX 17 Meteorologist Anthony Domol: Our winter solstice arrived today at 5:02 a.m. eastern time! Cloudy skies along with light rain and snow showers are expected this evening. No accumulations are anticipated by some slick spots could be around overnight as temps near the freezing mark. Quiet weather holds for tomorrow with mostly cloudy to partly sunny skies in order. Wednesday we expect windy and mild conditions with rain showers moving in during the late afternoon/evening. As temperatures quickly drop off late Wednesday evening/early Thursday morning, that rain will have a chance to flash freeze as a brief switch to snow occurs. The trend for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day continues to be sharply colder temperatures, wind chills in the teens and single digits, along with high chances for lake effect snow. We could all have a nice blanket of snow on the ground by Christmas morning. Some along and west of US-131 could even see half of a foot or more of snow by the weekend. Stay tuned for updates.
TONIGHT: Cloudy. Evening drizzle/mist and light rain/snow showers likely. Drier overnight. As temps cool to near the freezing mark overnight, a few slick spots on area roads will be possible. Lows in the lower 30s. West winds at 5 to 15 mph.
TOMORROWTUESDAY: Mostly cloudy morning. Becoming partly sunny during the afternoon. Mild with highs in the upper 30s. Northwest winds shift to the southwest at 10 to 15 mph.
WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy and windy with rain developing later in the day or evening. Highs in the mid/upper 40s. Sharply cooler temperatures behind the front late evening/overnight will lead to rain changing to snow. Flash freeze possible with rain water freezing to ice before snow showers move in. Snow could coat the ground by the time we all wake up on Christmas Eve.
THURSDAY (CHRISTMAS EVE): Cloudy with lake effect snow showers mainly along and west of US-131. Breezy winds making temperatures feel like the teens and single digits. Sharply colder temperatures with temps spending most hours in the low to mid 20s.
FRIDAY (CHRISTMAS DAY): Cloudy with lake effect snow showers continuing mainly along and west of US-131. Breezy winds making temperatures again feel like the single digits. Highs in the low to mid 20s.