Freezing drizzle, heavy snowfall to ring in 2022 around Mid-Michigan | Weather

MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) – The start of 2022 will be characterized by active weather with a risk of light freezing drizzle as the schedule turns at midnight followed by heavy snowfall over the weekend.

The heaviest snowfall is expected further south in Mid-Michigan from this Saturday afternoon weather system through Sunday morning.

The Flint area and the I-69 corridor could receive 5 to 8 inches of snow while the Bay of the Great Lakes area could see 3 to 5 inches. Areas north of Saginaw Bay will see approximately 1 to 3 inches.

The weather system begins with areas of scattered freezing drizzle around the Great Lakes Bay area and areas further north around midnight on New Years Eve. To the south, around the Flint area, light rain showers are possible where temperatures are slightly warmer.

People returning home after New Year’s Eve celebrations should be aware of the possibility of certain icy spots on the roads, especially around the Bay of the Great Lakes region.

New Years Day will start mostly calm with cloudy skies and temperatures between 30 and 30 degrees in the morning.

Snow will begin to fall over Mid-Michigan around 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will become heavy in the evening. At the same time, temperatures will drop from the freezing point to a low of 20 with gusty winds.

The snow will start out being wet and heavy before becoming fluffier as cooler air seeps into Mid-Michigan throughout the evening. Lighter snow will also blow more as the winds pick up, making roads difficult to navigate after dark.

Snow will continue to fall on Sunday morning before easing later today. Sunday will be chilly with high temperatures barely reaching 20 degrees in much of Mid-Michigan.

Roads through Mid-Michigan will likely be slippery and snow covered through Sunday with cold temperatures and gusty winds.

Low temperatures on Monday morning will drop to single digits with wind chills of up to -10 degrees when the kids return to the bus stop.

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The Flint area received 15.5 inches of snow this season through December while the Saginaw area received 12 inches, according to National Weather Service figures.

Flint is half above normal snowfall for this time of year while Saginaw is about 3 inches below normal.

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