Forecast: Record-setting cold coming to metro Detroit

Snow still on tap for the weekend

By Paul Gross - Meteorologist

DETROIT - Evening snow showers should tend to gradually diminish through the first half of the night, with skies becoming partly cloudy later at night.

Then, like Tuesday, Wednesday could start off with some sunshine, but skies quickly will become mostly cloudy. Temperatures when you leave for work or school should be in the low single numbers, and only rise to an afternoon high around 13 degrees. BUT, a west to southwest wind increasing to 10 to 20 mph will maintain sub-zero wind chills all day.

Breezy with a chance of light snow showers Wednesday night (minimal accumulation, if any). Lows near 5. Windy with overnight snow showers ending Thursday morning. Then becoming partly cloudy. Highs near 13 (but wind chills sub-zero).

Then get ready to absolutely destroy a record low. Partly cloudy and becoming bitterly cold Thursday night, with a low around -10…obliterating the old record low for Feb. 28 (-1 set in 1994)

Partly cloudy on Friday, with highs near 12.

There is still high uncertainty about the evolution of our upcoming weekend weather pattern and, hence, the potential for accumulating snow for us. As of right now, the computer models differ on how much snow we might see, but light snow is possible both Saturday and Sunday. However, trends are developing which suggest that the best chance to see any accumulation is across areas south of 8 Mile. Once the upper level system (which is still over the Pacific) gets over the continent later this week and can be studied by our National Weather Service weather balloon network, the computer models will hopefully start honing in on a common solution for this pattern.

As always, I'll keep you posted!

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