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Posted on Thu, Dec 29, 2011 : 11:36 a.m.

Snowfall to turn to rain - and it could continue on Friday

By Danielle Arndt

Been craving snow? Enjoy it while it lasts.

The white stuff started falling Thursday morning in downtown Ann Arbor, but that snow is expected to turn into rain by 1 p.m.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service said travelers could expect a total snow accumulation of about a half-inch today and temperatures around 35 degrees.

The wet weather will continue into Friday, according to the forecast, with a high of 40 degrees. Predictions show a 90-percent chance of rain throughout the day.

On Saturday, meteorologists said there is a 20-percent chance of showers in the evening. Temperatures are expected to stay around 40 degrees for New Year’s Day and then cool off by Monday for a chance of snow, according to the forecast.

2011 has been the wettest year on record for the Ann Arbor area.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac, which issues long-range weather predictions annually, forecasted in September that snowfall would be below normal for midwest states this winter.

The Almanac also predicted abnormal snowfall accumulation for most of New England down to Georgia and for Washington and Oregon.

Staff reporter Danielle Arndt covers K-12 education for Follow her on Twitter @DanielleArndt or email her at



Fri, Dec 30, 2011 : 1:33 a.m.

Wow, another insightful comment.


Thu, Dec 29, 2011 : 7:36 p.m.

I like the reference to the Farmer's Almanac. When I was a kid my great grandfather, a farmer, would swear by it and most times it was fairly close in its accuracy. Considering that they didn't have satellites, computers and the like when my great grandfather was young the people who put out the Almanac did pretty good. Better than some of the so called weather experts now I'm thinkin.


Thu, Dec 29, 2011 : 10:14 p.m.

I sometimes think that some of today's weather experts would have a hard time telling you what the weather was doing if they stepped outside and observed it first hand.


Thu, Dec 29, 2011 : 5:38 p.m.

Wow, another insightful story. If i hadn't read this story then perhaps i would have not known this. I suppose all the online weather links do not provide enough info on this.