Lake effect band expected to gradually dissipate -- what to know for beginning of week

4Warn Weather – Every day this past week we 4Warn meteorologists kept imploring you not to ignore the lake effect potential this weekend. Sure enough, a dominant band extended eastward early Saturday morning and pretty much set up shop roughly between I-96 and I-69.

Those lucky (or unlucky) enough to be under that band saw some noticeable accumulation.

Here are some snow totals as of midday (there may have been a little additional snow since then, and also keep in mind that getting an accurate snow total is extremely difficult given all of the wind we’ve had):

CitySnow totals (inches)
Ann Arbor5.2
Romulus 4.6
Wyandotte 4.2
White Lake 4.1
Garden City4.0
Grosse Pointe Farms3.2

The lake effect band will gradually dissipate overnight, with lows near 10 degrees (-12 degrees Celsius). Southwest winds at 10 to 15 mph will keep wind chills around zero (-18 degrees Celsius).

This evening’s sunset is at 5:06 p.m., and Monday’s sunrise is at 8:01 a.m.


Cloudy on Monday with a few flakes possible as a well-developed but compact storm system passes well to our south. I do not expect any accumulation.

Highs near 20 degrees (-7 degrees Celsius). Southwest wind at 5 to 10 mph will keep wind chills roughly around 10 degrees (-12 degrees Celsius).

Cloudy Monday night, with lows in the low teens (-11 degrees Celsius).


Mostly cloudy to start on Tuesday, then becoming partly cloudy . . . oh it’ll be so nice to see that sun!

Highs moderate into the mid-20s (-3 degrees Celsius).

Mostly cloudy Tuesday night with a chance for a dusting of snow north of M-59. Lows in the low-20s (-5 degrees Celsius).


Partly cloudy on Wednesday but becoming breezy. Highs in the mid-to-upper-30s (3 degrees Celsius).

Becoming cloudy Wednesday night, with lows in the low-30s (0 degrees Celsius).

Ready for a big warmup?

Cloudy on Thursday and Friday with a few light rain showers possible. Highs in the upper-40s to low-50s (9 to 11 degrees Celsius)!

New Year’s weekend

Although timing specifics won’t be known for several days yet, New Year’s weekend brings a good chance of rain showers, but continued mild temperatures with highs Saturday in the low-50s (10 to 11 degrees Celsius), and highs Sunday in the mid-to-upper-40s (8 to 9 degrees Celsius).