If you're in the pink shaded areas, you can expect up to 6 inches of snow between 1pm on Monday and 9pm on Tuesday, the National Weather Service says. In the purple shaded areas, a slightly less intense storm event is anticipated, bringing up to 4 inches of snow. Still, areas further to the east of Lansing should not expect to be free of snowfall. WILX-TV meteorologist, Darrin Rockcole, reports portions of Shiawassee and Genesee County could also see up to 4 inches of snow while other parts may see between 1 and 3 inches by Tuesday night.

Throughout Monday, temperatures will fall to around 18 by the overnight hours. Tuesday's forecast high is in the low to mid 20s. The Tuesday forecast also calls for windy conditions, likely making travel a challenge at times.

As this system has the potential to bring the first real measurable snowfall to mid-Michigan, preparedness actions are advised; batteries for flashlights and radios, candles and matches or lighters and plenty of blankets on hand in case of a power outage. If commuting, making sure to keep your vehicle's gas tank at least half-filled, checking general winter maintenance items like windshield wipers, wiper fluid, lights and tires are all important to keeping safe. Also, if commuting, be sure to keep a blanket, some water and snacks with you for use in the event you find yourself stranded.

Winter officially begins Sunday December 21st.