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Posted on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 : 2:59 p.m.

Storm to bring wet, snowy weather to Ann Arbor Friday for first day of winter

By Amy Biolchini

A large storm working its way east from the Rocky Mountains is expected to bring wet, snowy weather into Ann Arbor Friday in time for the first day of winter.


A storm is expected to bring snow to the Ann Arbor area Friday.

Melanie Maxwell |

The National Weather Service is calling it "the first major winter storm of the season."

More rain is expected Wednesday and Thursday nights.

Thursday's high temperature of 47 degrees is forecast to drop to 30 degrees Thursday night, turning the rain to snow.

There's a 70 percent chance of snow Friday during the day for Ann Arbor, when the temperature is expected to reach a high of 34 degrees.

For Ann Arbor and much of Southeast Michigan, snow accumulation likely will not be more than an inch.

Gusts of wind are expected to increase from Thursday into Friday, when maximum wind gusts of 41 mph are projected.

The cold weather likely will carry through the weekend and into Christmas Day, according to the National Weather Service.

Though the storm is projected to drop four inches of snow throughout the Great Plains states and in parts of Wisconsin, the prognosis for Michigan varies across the state.

Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for Reach her at (734) 623-2552, or on Twitter.



Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 2:02 a.m.

I am praying for a huge snow day that will start off the 2 week vacation off. Can't wait to sleep in. Bring it on. I am doing nothing on Friday. Snow Day! Snow Day!


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 4:43 p.m.

Damn grasshoppers!


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 2:03 a.m.

It is Jinny's Cousin. Leave em be.


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 6:22 p.m.

Aw, Cinco, quit pickin' on the grasshoppers. poor little guys. what'd they ever do to you?


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 4:51 p.m.

Come on Mady, et al.... Aren't grasshoppers responsible for snowstorms, dandruff, fleas on cats, etc?! What happened to the liberals???? Save me here!!!


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 4:09 p.m.

Oh no, snowy weather! That is really scary. The doomsayers are right. ARGGGGGHHH


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 2:24 p.m.

To quote" Lieutenant Dan" from a scene in Forrest Gump, "YOU CALL THIS A STORM?!?!" one lousy inch. jeez. our Great Lakes are dropping, we are long overdue for a blizzard, mother nature, quit holding out on us! LET IT SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 2:18 p.m.

@veracity....sorry...didn't mean to echo your dandruff comment, I do try to be original and generally I succeed.....


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 5:48 a.m.

I appreciate the humor expressed in comments - I really do. But planes will be flying during this storm and planes will be landing and taking off during this storm. And - my daughter and her husband will be arriving at Metro on Saturday. And I will be driving to Metro to pick them up and drive them back to Ann Arbor. Less funny, definitely less funny. Lets just hope that driving conditions and flying conditions during this storm don't cause any tragedies.


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 5:14 a.m. Bring it on. Oh, wait. Only an INCH. Here I was thinking like a foot or more. Guess I won't be running to the store to stock up.


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 2:12 a.m.

Only on could we have 28 comments about a weather report.


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 2:04 a.m.

32. Had to get my snow day comment in.


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 4:41 p.m.

Make that 31....


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 2:21 p.m.

of whom, YOU happen to be one.......


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 4:24 a.m.

WE wouldn't .... if you had not commented!


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 1:35 a.m.

We'll see very little snow I would predict...but up north Manistee and north they'll have up to a foot. Good for them.


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 4:14 p.m.

Get ready to bash the road commission

paul wiener

Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 1:19 a.m.

Wow, what s news story. How about featuring a photo from Middle Earth or Santa's workshop?


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 12:48 a.m.

I'm sorry, but snow accumulations of "less than an inch" doesn't qualify as a storm. It may be in other areas of the country, but let's call it what it is please - a normal blustery day in December in Michigan.


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 12:38 p.m.

But rain amounts of up to 0.5" on Thursday is good amount of water. Look at any weather radar (I just looked at, and you'll see it's a huge multi-state storm currently spanning from WI/MI all the way down to the Gulf Coast. Just because we're not getting the full force of it doesn't mean it's not a storm.


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 12:05 a.m.

We had the engine on our snow blower overhauled last year. No snow. This year we have been putting off buying gas for the thing, hoping for snow. Maybe this tactic will work! LET it SNOW!


Fri, Dec 21, 2012 : 1:40 a.m.

Holmes. This was tongue-in-cheek. Of COURSE we'll buy gas. When it snows. Humor. Get it?


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 12:18 a.m.

No wonder snow simply doesn't get removed in AA! Whether on street or sidewalk! "God put it there; let God take it away!"

Billy Bob Schwartz

Wed, Dec 19, 2012 : 10:52 p.m.

Bring on the snow! It's wonderful. Enough of this dark, gloomy, dirty, wet, muddy, leafless, disgusting stuff. Let's have the snow and brighten things up a bit.! BTW, what leads anyone to think that the idiots will come out to drive in the snow? They have been driving (if you can call it that) all year, and driving like loonies!! The only difference is that, when they get busy texting or dialing or whatever they do, they will slide smoothly and quietly into whatever is in front of them, instead of having tires skidding sideways making a lot of noise. As I say, bring it on!


Wed, Dec 19, 2012 : 10:42 p.m.

let it snowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww


Wed, Dec 19, 2012 : 10:37 p.m.

I like it ! Not the snow. The fact that the sun will start heading North bringing beautiful spring along with it. Assuming there is still a planet to enjoy a beautiful spring with.


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 4:21 a.m.

Don't count the minutes!


Wed, Dec 19, 2012 : 10:14 p.m.

So the end of the world is to be a 1" snowfall !! What a dud !!


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 1:11 a.m.

Out with a whimper, not a bang. . . sigh.

Dave Bass

Wed, Dec 19, 2012 : 9:54 p.m.

The ads are the main reason I watch very little TV. Oh, and the programing too. Ha Ha!!


Wed, Dec 19, 2012 : 9:41 p.m.

It says Ann Arbor and southeast Mich are to see a inch or less. bwahahahahah really? I bet we wont even see anything down here.


Wed, Dec 19, 2012 : 9:34 p.m.

And now come the idiot drivers that forget from year to year how to drive! As for the ads I get down right angry when I am reading an article and a peel down ad takes over the page!

Unusual Suspect

Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 2:24 a.m.

People, people.... Firefox with the AdBlocker add-in. You'll also need the AdBlocker Element Hiding Helper to help configure it. It's a bit geeky to make it work, but it makes this blog actually readable.

Ann English

Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 12:44 a.m.

I know; I wish those ads ALL came with a Close X at the top right corner, so that I can read WHOLE sentences of an article.!


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 12:06 a.m.

Yes!!! I hate that peel down ad!! very irritating!!!


Wed, Dec 19, 2012 : 9:07 p.m.

NO...not snow :).


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 3:18 a.m.


Kyle Mattson

Wed, Dec 19, 2012 : 8:57 p.m.

Bring it on Mother Nature, the snow tires on my car are waiting for you!


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 2:34 p.m.

Thanks for the reminder, Kyle. I didn't want to put them on too early, and with all the holiday stuff going on, it slipped my mind!

Kyle Mattson

Wed, Dec 19, 2012 : 9:23 p.m.

I did that last year J, only to get stuck at a gas station during our first dusting of snow. Figured that when December hit I better play it safe just in case and throw them on.


Wed, Dec 19, 2012 : 9:19 p.m.

I'm still putting off my snow tires, as if my stubbornness can affect the forecast. :)


Wed, Dec 19, 2012 : 8:49 p.m.

Well played, Mayans.


Thu, Dec 20, 2012 : 1:23 a.m.

I bet I won't be doing any shoveling until the 22nd.

Ann English

Wed, Dec 19, 2012 : 8:33 p.m.

Wet snow won't be blown into drifts because of its greater weight.