Akron is poised to get its first taste of winter.
A strong winter storm is expected to make its way across Michigan on Friday, spreading snow into the Akron area.
The bulk of the heavier snow and blizzard conditions are expected to stay well west of Akron and along the Lake Erie shoreline if the predicted lake-effect snow bands set up as the storm moves northward.
The National Weather Service says rain on Thursday night will switch over to snow showers on Friday into Saturday in the Akron area.
By the time the snow ends on Saturday as much as three inches could fall in Akron.
The prospects for a white Christmas, however, are questionable as temperatures on Tuesday are expected to rise to 36 under cloudy skies.