Detroit deep freeze continues Wednesday afternoon

Arctic air still reigning over Southeast Michigan

Published On: Jan 23 2013 12:58:28 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 23 2013 03:06:52 PM EST
DETROIT -

BITTER COLD

Arctic air keeps its frigid grip on Detroit and Southeast Michigan Wednesday afternoon.  Lunchtime temps will barely make it above 10 degrees and wind chills will struggle just to reach 0.  The afternoon will be mostly cloudy with periods of lake effect snow. 

Highs will be in the middle teens, and wind chills will remain at 0 or just above it.

Information on Detroit Area warming centers and advice on preventing frostbite and taking care of vehicles and pets will be on Local 4 News At Noon, 4, 5, 6 and 11.

Wednesday night will become brutally frigid again with lows in the single numbers.

LAKE EFFECT SNOW

In addition to subfreezing conditions, neighborhoods near Lake Huron may see significant lake effect snow as the wind direction shifts.  A more northerly wind will pick up water from the big lake, which is remains mostly unfrozen, and dump it in the form of snow in communities like Port Huron.  A Lake Effect Snow Watch will be in effect for Sanilac and St. Clair Counties from late Wednesday night through Thursday morning.

FORECAST

Very little relief from the cold is in sight through Sunday, and more snow may be on the way.  Thursday will be sunnier, but highs will barely make it to 20 degrees.  Afternoon temps will creep into the 20s Friday and this weekend.

A new storm system moving through the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies Wednesday may arrive in Michigan Friday.  Local 4 Weather's computer models still differ, but Detroit's next chance of accumulating snow is on Friday depending on the storm's size and track.  At least, 1 to 2 inches is projected for now.

Stay tuned to Local 4 News and the Weather Page of ClickOnDetroit.com for your latest weather forecast.

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Watch: Interview with Detroit doctor on frostbite

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