DETROIT -

Before getting to the forecast, this is Severe Weather Awareness Week here in Michigan, and the Michigan Committee for Severe Weather Awareness announced the winners of its annual statewide severe weather poster contest this morning.

It’s a really big day -- one of my favorites of the entire year -- because the four 4th and 5th graders whose posters were judged best of the hundreds sent in are honored by the committee in the rotunda of our historic state capitol building.

As a proud member of the committee, I’m especially excited to report to you that one of the four finalists is from Metro Detroit! It was great to be in Lansing this morning to help honor Kayleigh Kewson from St. Fabian School in Farmington Hills, who drew a fantastic poster about severe winter weather safety. Congratulations, Kayleigh!

Weather forecast:

Fortunately, Keyleigh’s winter safety tips aren’t needed in this forecast! Expect clearing skies overnight, with lows in the low 30s.

Wednesday will feature mostly sunny skies, with highs in the low to mid 50s. Partly cloudy and becoming breezy Wednesday night, with lows near 40.

Thursday forecast:

Partly cloudy, breezy and warmer on Thursday, with scattered showers possible by late afternoon. Highs in the mid 60s. Showers likely Thursday night, with lows in the mid to upper 30s.

Friday forecast:

Partly cloudy on Friday, with highs near 60. Becoming mostly clear Friday night, with lows in the mid 30s.

Weekend forecast:

Our weekend gets off to a great start with mostly sunny skies on Saturday, and highs near 60. Increasing clouds Saturday night with showers possible late at night (you Saturday evening plans are fine). Lows in the mid to upper 40s.

Mostly cloudy and breezy with showers likely to start our Sunday, then a warm front passes through and more showers and even a thundershower are possible Sunday afternoon. Highs in the low 60s. Rain is likely Sunday night, with lows in the low 40s.

Next week forecast:

Mostly cloudy and breezy on Monday with showers likely ahead of a strong cold front, and highs near 50. The timing of the front still isn’t certain.

For example, the GFS model brings the front through faster, with rain ending by midday. The ECMWF model, by contrast, holds the front back and keeps us in rain chances right into Monday night (which would also keep us warmer on Monday).

There’s no way to gauge the front’s speed right now. I’ll let you know as I get more confident about this.

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