DETROIT (WWJ) – Detroit has a chance to set a new weather record. All we need is a little more precipitation, and we’re getting our share as 2011 goes out with a splash.

The National Weather Service says through Thursday, the Detroit area has totaled 47.32 inches of precipitation this year, making it the second-wettest year on record. Another third of an inch and we’ll surpass 1880’s wettest year ever.

We’ve already had our wettest November in history, and our wettest autumn.

So, we’ve seen plenty of rainfall, but where’s all this cold and snow we’re supposed to get?  With the warmer temps, Southeast Michigan hasn’t yet seen the winter weather that was forecasted earlier this year.  But, it’s coming.

While Metro Detroit isn’t expected to see a great deal of snow this weekend, AccuWeather says the  open waters of the Great Lakes will unleash a very impressive lake-effect snow event.

According to Meteorologist Meghan Evans, “An arctic blast will soon sweep from the northern Plains to the Northeast.”   Right out of the box Sunday, bands of heavy snow will set up downwind of Lake Superior over Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with a west to northwest wind.   Locally heavy snow is in store along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan from the northwest tip of Indiana to the northern part of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan Sunday and Monday.

Downwind areas of Lake Huron, Georgian Bay, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario will pick up heavy accumulations Sunday night into Tuesday.

As for the Detroit area, Friday’s rain is expected to turn to snow showers overnight, with a low of 36.  Saturday, we may avoid precipitation for a day, with partly cloudy skies, High 41, Low 36.  Sunday and expect snow showers with a High near 40 degrees.

 Check the local radar and get more details at this link.

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