Weather welcomes December like a lamb

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WEST MICHIGAN — With parts of West Michigan being at least 24 inches of snowfall above normal thus far in November and temperatures more indicative of January, it’s time we pull back and take a break.

While sharply colder temperatures and single digit wind chills are expected Monday along with a few light snow showers or flurries, no appreciable precipitation is forecast over the next several days. Some light mixed precipitation is possible Tuesday night in to Wednesday morning (freezing drizzle and/or snow showers) but no heavy rain, ice, or snow is likely.

We can thank the jet stream for retreating to the north a bit and taking the storm track and Arctic air with it. We’ll actually see a gradual warm up with temperatures and should be back around 40 degrees or better by next weekend. High pressure will dominate across the region most of the week. These high pressure systems tend to create sinking air, or subsidence. The atmosphere tends to dry out when this happens and it’s usually conducive to sunshine and dry weather. Note the large area of high pressure over the Northern Plains on the image attached to this story. This snapshot is from our GFS forecast model valid for Monday morning.

Click over to for the complete 7-Day forecast, temperatures, satellite, radar, and more. Have a pleasant week.

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