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More snow on the way to Detroit area

Near record cold temperatures arrive by early next week

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DETROIT – Many of us will see periods of clear skies during Monday night and, fortunately, the wind should become very light because it'll be bitterly cold, with temperatures near zero in Detroit and closer to -5 in the suburbs.

Clouds will increase during the day Wednesday, with light snow developing by mid to late afternoon, potentially impacting the afternoon rush. Highs in the low teens, with a south-southwest wind developing at 8 to 13 miles per hour.

Light snow tapers off later Wednesday night. This Alberta Clipper has very little moisture to work with. If its snow was to fall in normal winter temperatures, we'd get an inch or less. However, due to the very cold temps, we'll probably see 1 to 2 inches of very fluffy, powdery snow.

By the way, so far this month we've totaled 27.8 inches of snow. Our all-time snowiest January was 29.6 inches in 1978. There's a very good chance that we'll surpass that lofty record! Some day, you can tell your kids and grandkids that you lived through Detroit's snowiest January on record. By the way, lows Wednesday night between zero and 5 above.

It continues bitterly cold on Thursday and Friday, but the difference between the two days is the wind, which could potentially blow at 20 to 30 miles per hour with higher gusts on Friday.

Another batch of generally light snow (some accumulation, but not a huge storm) should fall Friday night into Saturday, as temps scratch and claw their way to around 20 degrees. Bitterly cold air then returns and, by Tuesday, we'll flirt with a near record low for the day (I'm predicting -6 right now), as well as a near record lowest high temperature for the day (I'm predicting 8).

Stay warm and, if you haven't done so already, download our FREE weather app from the app store…just search for WDIV. The radar display is uber-cool, and you can get the current temp and wind chill at the touch of a button!

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