Light freezing drizzle, significant snowfall will ring in 2022 around Mid-Michigan - ABC 12 News

MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) - The start of 2022 will feature active weather with a chance of light freezing drizzle as the calendar turns at midnight, followed by a significant snowfall over the weekend.

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

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

The weather system starts with areas of patchy freezing drizzle around the Great Lakes Bay Region and areas farther north around midnight on New Year's Eve. To the south around the Flint area, some light rain showers are possible where temperatures are slightly warmer.

People driving home from New Year's Eve celebrations should be mindful of the possibility for some icy spots on roadways, especially around the Great Lakes bay Region.

New Year's Day will begin mostly quiet with cloudy skies and temperatures in the lower to middle 30s in the morning.

Snow will begin falling across Mid-Michigan around 2 to 4 p.m. and become heavy by the evening. At the same time, temperatures will drop from the freezing mark down to the low 20s with gusty winds.

The snow will start off wet and heavy before becoming fluffier as colder air filters into Mid-Michigan through the evening. The lighter snow also will blow around more as winds pick up, making roads difficult to navigate after dark.

Snow will continue falling into Sunday morning before tapering off later in the day. Sunday will be cold with high temperatures barely reaching 20 degrees in much of Mid-Michigan.

Roadways across Mid-Michigan likely will be slick and snow covered through Sunday with cold temperatures and gusty winds.

Low temperatures on Monday morning will drop to single digits with wind chills possibly falling to -10 degrees when kids go back to the bus stop.

Stay with the Storm Tracker 12 weather team on air and online for the latest updates. Download the Storm Tracker 12 mobile app for up to the minute weather conditions.

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

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

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