Rain, warm weather ruin wishes for a white Christmas

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Forget any dreams about having a white Christmas, instead it’s going to be wet, warm and windy.

That’s the forecast for Christmas Eve and much of Christmas Day according to the National Weather Service in White Lake Township.

“For Christmas Eve we’re looking at a good deal of rain and a couple of thunderstorms,” said meteorologist Dan Thompson.

“The temperatures for Wednesday will be mild with a high in the lower 50s and a nighttime low in the mid 30s.”

The NWS has also issued a wind advisory for Wednesday.

“We could see wind gusts of up to 45 mph between 7 p.m. Wednesday until 3 a.m. Thursday,” Thompson said.

“Christmas Day will see some light rain early on and then it will be dry and mostly cloudy with highs near 40 degrees and a nighttime low in the 20s.”

The normal high/low temperatures for the metro area this time of year is 34 and 22 degrees.

Weather fact: December 24, 1983, was a very cold day across southeast Michigan. Detroit only had a high temperature of 3 degrees above zero, and the low was 9 degrees below zero. The high temperature for this date was 61 degrees set in 1889.


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