Metro Detroit weather forecast: Cold front approaching

But be patient…you'll be rewarded this weekend!

By Paul Gross - Meteorologist
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Today’s weather scenario is playing out exactly as expected.  Sunshine and a mild air mass have boosted temperatures close to 50 degrees (10 degrees Celsius) in some areas this afternoon! However, a cold front now located over the Upper Peninsula will come barreling downstate this evening. 

Scattered light rain and snow showers will break out ahead of the front, with scattered snow showers behind it.  Wind will stay up all night…initially blowing from the southwest ahead of the front, and then swinging around to the west at 15 to 25 mph, with gusts to 30 mph possible.  That’s windy, but not nearly as windy as it was Sunday night.  Temps will drop sharply behind the front, with lows in the upper 20s (-2 degrees Celsius).

Mostly cloudy and breezy on Wednesday, with some afternoon flurries  or even a scattered light snow shower possible.  Temps not rising much from the early morning lows…generally near 30 degrees into the low 30s (-1 to 0 degrees Celsius).  West wind at 15 to 25 mph, with gusts to 30 mph possible.  Wind chills will be in the teens (-10 to -7 degrees Celsius).

Mostly cloudy Wednesday night, with lows in the upper teens (-8 degrees Celsius).

Partly cloudy on Thursday, with highs in the low to mid 40s (0 to 1 degree Celsius).

Now, get ready for steady warming into the weekend!  Mostly sunny and milder on Friday, with highs in the low 40s (5 degrees Celsius).

Mostly clear Friday night, with lows in the low to mid 30s (0 to 1 degree Celsius).

Mostly sunny on Saturday, with highs in the low to mid 50s (11 to 12 degrees Celsius)!

Mostly clear Saturday night, with lows in the mid to upper 30s (3 degree Celsius).

Mostly sunny on Sunday, with highs in the low 50s (11 degrees Celsius)!

Mostly clear Sunday night, with lows in the mid 30s (2 degrees Celsius).

Mostly sunny on Monday, with highs near 50 (10 degrees Celsius)!

Our next chance for rain looks to be on Tuesday.  Keep in mind that my forecast temperatures for this warm spell are, admittedly, a little conservative.  If a stronger southwest flow materializes, then we could see temps balloon much higher.  However, with record highs Saturday through Monday in the low to mid 60s (about 17 degrees Celsius), it appears that we won’t break any records.  No worries…it’ll be plenty pleasant!

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