Forecast: Tuesday warm-up on the way to metro Detroit

But more snow in extended forecast?

By Paul Gross - Meteorologist

DETROIT - Before getting into the forecast, I know that many of you are conflicted right now.

Most everybody has no interest in seeing any more snow at this point but, based upon the many emails, tweets and Facebook messages I've been getting, a great number of people are of the opinion that since we're this close, we might as well break our all-time winter snowfall record. We're only 2.9 inches away from tying that record, and my long range computer models are indicating that there's a chance.

Tuesday forecast:

Before we get to that, get ready to enjoy a relatively pleasant Tuesday, with partly cloudy skies and highs in the low to mid 40s (of course, in a normal late-winter/early-spring, this wouldn't be all that pleasant, but considering the winter we've had, our standards are lower).

Increasing clouds Tuesday night, with a rain shower possible late at night. Lows in the mid 30s. (Note: north of I-69, it's going to be a race against time between the advancing moisture and warming's possible that this area could see a bit of freezing rain at the onset of the precipitation).

Wednesday forecast:

Becoming windy on Wednesday with rain showers likely, with a rumble of thunder also possible. Highs in the upper 40s. Breezy with a few scattered, light snow showers possible Wednesday night. Lows in the upper 20s.

Thursday/Friday forecast:

Becoming mostly sunny on Thursday and then clouds increase again on Friday, with highs both days in the low 40s. By the way, spring officially begins at 12:57 p.m. Thursday.

End of week forecast

We have a VERY intriguing forecast for the end of the week.

A little storm system is projected to slide across the Great Lakes region Friday night into Saturday morning. As is typical this far in advance, there are some differences among the computer models. The GFS model has the farthest north solution, which puts us in the warmer air and gives us a chance for rain. However, the remaining models (including the ECMWF, GEM, and UKMET) maintain a farther south track, which puts us in better position for accumulating snow.

IF the southern track verifies, it would appear that this would be a 1 to 3 inches snow for part of the area.

I'll keep you posted (and remember that you can follow me on Twitter at @PaulGrossLocal4 -- I sometimes post quick updates there).

Lingering snow (IF we get snow) ends Saturday morning, and skies become partly cloudy for the afternoon. Highs in the upper 30s.

Partly cloudy both Sunday and Monday, with highs near 30 on Sunday, and in the low 30s on Monday. And by the way, the super long range models show another little system capable of producing snow possibly for next Tuesday.

We'll see ...

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