Metro Detroit wraps up December with almost no snow

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

What a difference a year makes.

By New Year's Eve 2013, the metro area had received 14 inches of miserable, sorry, measurable snow for the month.

By the last day of December 2014, the snowfall for the entire month was so slight, it only could be barely measured.

In fact, this is the second least snowiest December since 1889 when there was absolutely no snow at all. (In case you're wondering, the average snowfall in December is 9.7 inches, according to the National Weather Service.)

"We have had just a trace of snow for the entire month," said NWS meteorologist Deb Elliot, working from the White Lake Township station."For Wednesday, we're not expecting much more than flurries, possibly just 1/10th of an inch of snow in the metro area."

According to the NWS, Wednesday's high of only 20 degrees will tag-team with wind gusts of up to 30 mph to produce wind chills of 3 to 5 degrees.

"We're going to register some decent wind chills," Elliot said. "The low temperature for Wednesday night will get down to about 15 degrees, which will climb to the mid to upper 20s on Thursday."

Temperatures are expected to warm up on Friday with highs up around 32 degrees for the Detroit area, followed by a nighttime low in the 20s.

"We stay in that temperature range all the way through Sunday then things get colder again on Monday morning," Elliot said. "We're looking at Monday morning temperatures in the low teens in the metro area and in the single digits up around the Thumb."

Weather fact: The month of December 1974 was the the end of the snowiest December on record in Detroit. A total of 34.9 inches of snowfall fell during the month, which was 23.8 inches above average.

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Extended forecast

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with scattered flurries until 3 p.m. then mostly sunny. Highs of 20 to 24. Breezy with gusts of up to 30 mph.

Wednesday night: Breezy, mostly clear with lows of 14 to 18. Wind gusts of 30 mph.

New Years Day: Scattered flurries after noon. Highs 26 to 30 with southwest winds of 10 to 20 mph.

Thursday night: Cloudy with lows of 21 to 25.

Friday: Mostly cloudy until 1 p.m. and then partly cloudy. Highs 30 to 34.

Friday night: Partly cloudy with lows of 21 to 25.

Saturday: There is a 60 percent chance of rain and snow. Highs of 31 to 35.

Saturday: There is a 60 percent chance of snow with lows of 27 to 31.

Sunday: Breezy and mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow showers. Highs 33 to 37.

Sunday night: Partly cloudy with lows of 10 to 14.

Monday: Partly cloudy with highs of 16 to 20.

Monday night: Mostly cloudy with lows of 10 to 14.