Royal Oak Tribune
Forcasters: White Christmas unlikely
Cold temps will be story Friday
Will we have a white Christmas in this year of the coronavirus?
Probably not, but most things in 2020 have been a disappointment, so why not Christmas.
Forecasters with the National Weather Service say we’re in for a wild 72-hours with temperatures topping out around the 52-degree mark on Wednesday. They will fall to around 20 with snow showers and rain Thursday then a cold blast should arrive by Christmas morning.
“We could see an accumulation of half an inch, but it won’t crack the 1-inch mark to be officially a white Christmas,” said meteorologist Kyle Klein with the weather service’s White Lake Township office in Oakland County.
“It all depends on Thursday night heading into Friday morning, but it looks like it will be slushy outside, with a little accumulation,” he said.
“How much of that will be mainly rain or snow depends on the back end when a cold front swings through,” Klein said. “The big thing is the cold air. It’s going to be pretty cold on Christmas Day. It’s definitely going to be colder than normal.”
An average high for late December is about 34 degrees. It will be about 10 degrees cooler than that on Friday, with lows in the teens.
Rain moves in overnight transitioning to a mix of snow and rain by dawn, followed by snow showers. Look for cloudy skies with a high near 36 and west wind gusting to 20 mph. There is a 60% chance of precipitation, with new snow accumulation of less than half an inch.
Thursday night, expect more snow showers with lows around 17.
Blustery and cold conditions for Christmas Day with scattered snow showers leading to a light accumulation. Temperatures will be around 23 degrees with wind chills of zero to 10 as winds gust to around 30 mph at times. Friday’s low will be around 18.
A slight warming trend for the weekend with sunny skies and a high near 32 Saturday falling to an overnight low of 23. Clouds return Sunday with a high near 36.