54ºF

Record-breaking warmth in metro Detroit coming to an end

Will we have a White Christmas?

photo

DETROIT – Believe it or not, we broke six different warm temperature records this past weekend, some of which date back to 1881!

Here’s what we achieved:

Saturday:

High Temp:  63° (old record was 61° set in 1949)

Warmest Low Temp:  48° (old record was 45° set in 1965)

Warmest Average Daily Temp:  56° (old record was 49 set in 1965)

 

Sunday:

High Temp:  62° (old record was 60° set in 1881)

Warmest Low Temp:  51° (old record was 50° set in 1881)

Warmest Average Daily Temp:  57° (old record was 55 set in 1881)

 

Now that a cold front is bearing down on the area, we’ll see temperatures fall…but just to “less above average” values.  We won’t see average December temperatures until the end of the week.

Showers will end this evening, with lows in the low to mid 40s (6° Celsius for our Canadian neighbors).  Gusty southwest wind that we’re seeing this afternoon should settle down to 10 to 15 mph.

Mostly cloudy to partly cloudy on Tuesday, with highs in the upper 40s (9° Celsius).  Southwest to northwest wind at 8 to 13 mph.  Tuesday’s sunrise is at 7:55 AM, and Tuesday’s sunset is at 5:02 PM.

Becoming mostly cloudy Tuesday night, with lows in the mid to upper 30s (3° Celsius).

Mostly cloudy on Wednesday, with highs near 50° (10° Celsius).

A chance for light rain or snow showers Wednesday night, with lows in the mid 30s (2° Celsius).

Partly cloudy and a little breezy on Thursday, with highs in the low 40s (5° Celsius).

Becoming mostly cloudy Thursday night, with lows in the upper 20s (-2° Celsius).

Mostly cloudy and breezy on Friday, with some snow showers possible.  Highs in the mid 30s (2° Celsius).

Snow showers diminish Friday night, with lows in the low to mid 20s (-5° Celsius).

Mostly cloudy on Saturday, with highs in the mid 30s (1° Celsius).

Becoming partly cloudy Saturday night, with lows in the low to mid 20s (-5° Celsius).

Mostly sunny on Sunday, with highs in the mid to upper 30s (3° Celsius).

Warmer with a chance of rain on Monday, with highs in the mid 40s (7° Celsius).

Mostly cloudy on Tuesday, with highs in the mid 40s (6° Celsius).

Rain chances return on Wednesday and continue into Christmas Eve Day, with highs near 50° (10° Celsius).

So, will we have a White Christmas?  The odds are decidedly against us, but we have one possible chance:  the cold front coming through on Christmas Eve Day will usher in much colder air.  My two long range computer models suggest the potential (nothing guaranteed…just a suggestion) that there could be some lingering moisture behind the front.  IF temperatures cool off enough before the moisture is stripped out, then it’s not out of the question that we could get some Christmas Eve snow.  It’s way too early to say with any confidence if this scenario will play out (or, even if it does, it we’d even get enough snow to coat the ground), but it’s certainly something to keep an eye on and hope for!


About the Author: