A winter storm moved across Illinois, Indiana and Ohio on December 19th. Snowfall started around 3 a.m. for areas near the Ohio border, around 5 a.m. for Detroit and Flint, and around 6 a.m. for the Saginaw and Thumb regions. The heaviest snow fell at a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour from 4 a.m. to about noon. There were numerous reports from spotters of thunder with the heaviest bursts of snowfall. Sleet mixed with the snow as far north as Flint, and freezing rain was mixed in Lenawee and Monroe Counties.
Up to 5 inches of snow fell across Lenawee and Monroe Counties. Washtenaw and Wayne counties recorded 5 to 8 inches of snow. North of 8 Mile Road all the way to Midland, Bay and Huron Counties, snowfall was generally 8 to 10 inches. However, there were two bands heavier snow with 10 to 13 inches. The first band of heavier snow fell across Northern Oakland and Northern Macomb Counties. The other band of heavier snow extended across the M-46 corridor from Saginaw and Northern Genesee Counties across to Tuscola and Sanilac Counties.