Will it snow on U-M commencement ceremonies Saturday?
University of Michigan graduates and family members gathering for commencement Saturday morning in Ann Arbor may have to contend with rain or even snow.
The National Weather Service forecast says rain and snow are likely in the morning after an overnight low of about 35, and any precipitation is expected to turn to all rain after noon. Little or no snow accumulation is expected.
If it does rain, graduates and their families won't be able to take shelter under umbrellas. They're not allowed in the stadium. Graduates will gather around 8 a.m. near Michigan Stadium, and the ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.
“It’s kind of a tricky system,” said Debra Elliott, observation program leader for the National Weather Service in White Lake Township. Forecasters Friday afternoon were evaluating it to provide a better idea of what to expect. “Chances are that you could have some brief snow in the morning,” she said.
Snow is most likely shortly before or after sunrise, she said, since that’s typically the coldest part of the day.
The high Saturday is expected to be 44. The low is expected to drop to about 30 under cloudy skies. A chance for rain will persist through the night. Sunday is expected to bring clear skies and a high around 55.
Although it may seem late for snow, it’s not she said. “There’s been a lot of late April snowfalls in our history. That’s not uncommon. It’s just that we’re in spring mode right now.”
For updated weather conditions and forecasts anytime, check AnnArbor.com's weather page.