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Posted on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 2:58 p.m.

Snow coming overnight, but white Christmas unlikely in Ann Arbor

By Cindy Heflin

If you’ve been dreaming of a white Christmas, you’re likely in for some disappointment.

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Some overnight snow could create slick roads for drivers Friday morning.

The Ann Arbor area will be getting some snow overnight Thursday and a little more Friday, the National Weather Service says, but it will only amount to an inch or less and at least some of it is likely to melt over the next few days, leaving a patchy snow cover at best, said Debra Elliott, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township.

After Friday, there’s no new snow in the forecast for the next week, Elliott said.

As for the overnight snowfall, it’s not going to start until after midnight, Elliott said. Before that we’ll have rain. Then some mixed rain and snow is likely between midnight and 1 a.m. before it changes to all snow after 1 a.m. Forecasters expect accumulation of less than half an inch with a low temperature of around 32.

The timing of the snowfall could result in some slippery conditions and possibly blowing snow for the morning rush hour Friday, Elliott said.

Snow showers are likely on Friday with additional accumulation of less than half an inch. A high of about 35 is expected. A northwest wind blowing at 18 to 29 mph will make it feel colder.

Friday night, there’ll be a chance of snow showers before 9 p.m. Then it will be cloudy with a low around 24 and winds gusting to 36 mph.

Saturday, it will be mostly sunny and windy with a high near 32 and a west-northwest wind of 13 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

For updated forecasts and conditions any time, check's weather page.



Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 4:45 a.m.

Talked to Mother Nature last night. We agreed no white Christmas for YPSI. Sorry folks.


Sat, Dec 22, 2012 : 3:39 a.m.

I talked to Mother Nature. Ice storm for Ann Arbor missing Ypsilanti by a mile. News at 11.


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 2:24 p.m.

thanks a bunch.


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 11:36 p.m.

Since people around here can't even drive in the rain (as evidenced by today's crashes), expect demolition derby on the highways tomorrow


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 11:35 p.m.

Unlikely that we will have many more white days period.


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 10:22 p.m.

So much for the rumor that there would be a snow day tomorrow. We have not had a white christmas in many years, definitely not last year.

Ann English

Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 1:07 a.m.

If you're right, then we must have had Indian summers after our snowy Thanksgivings. I recall snow being on the ground for most of the last 25 Thanksgivings.

dading dont delete me bro

Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 9:02 p.m.

please safe space online for the traffic problems we will experience tomorrow. i am leaving work now, so i can make it in tomorrow on time. thank you.


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 8:37 p.m.

When's the last time Ann Arbor actually had a white Christmas? Last year, pretty sure it was not. Two years ago, I wasn't there so I don't know. Three years ago, I think it was raining??? Anybody have better/more info?

Ann English

Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 1:05 a.m.

Two years ago, we had an unusually snowy February. We got more snow that month than for either December 2010 or January 2011.


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 8:32 p.m.

We'll have a white Christmas. Just you wait and see.


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 8:34 p.m.

That is, unless the world ends tomorrw.


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 8:29 p.m.

So what else is new(sigh.)?