The calm after the storm in SE Michigan

But more snow is on the way


DETROIT – For the second week in a row, southeast Michigan saw incredible variation in the weather received from a significant winter storm, and once again the reason is that some mixed precipitation moved into part of the area. 

Even though my forecasted snow totals for this difficult storm were pretty close to what verified, there are still some of you who think that it wasn’t as bad as you thought it would be.  You folks know me well enough to know that I don’t hype the weather -- I just tell you the way it is. 

This was a much more significant storm for our northern suburbs than it was for the southern part of the area, but it doesn’t matter to me where you live: If significant weather is going to affect your area, I’m going to make darn sure that you know about it with as much detail as possible. 

Here are some snow totals for every county in southeast Michigan, as reported to the National Weather Service, and you’ll definitely notice the north-south snowfall gradient:

Snow Totals

Alright -- with that storm behind us, it’s time to shift our attention to the next one, which won’t be nearly as significant for us.  The rest of today will be dry, with highs reaching the mid 20s (-4° Celsius for our Canadian neighbors). 

Tonight will also be dry, with lows in the upper teens (-8° Celsius), with wind becoming calm.

Our Thursday will start dry, and perhaps even with a bit of sun in our northern suburbs.  Light patches of snow will  develop midday between 8 Mile and the state line, and continue into the evening.  At this point, it looks like only minor accumulations for that area.  Highs near 30° (-1° Celsius).  East-northeast wind at 3 to 7 mph.  Thursday’s sunrise is at 7:05 AM, and Thursday’s sunset is at 6:26 PM.  By the way, speaking of sunrise and sunset, here’s your first reminder:  we set our clocks ahead and go back onto Daylight Saving Time on Saturday night, March 12th.

Snow ends around midnight Thursday night, with lows in the upper teens (-8° Celsius).

Mostly sunny on Friday, a nice end to the work week, with highs in the low 30s (0° Celsius).

Increasing clouds Friday night, with lows near 20° (-7° Celsius).

Another weather system approaches on Saturday, and this one will take a path with more of a direct hit on lower Michigan.  It’s way too early to speculate about any specific accumulations, but if this afternoon’s models are any indication, some accumulation is certainly possible (not big snow, though). Highs in the mid 30s (2° Celsius).

Becoming partly cloudy late Saturday night, with lows near 20° (-7° Celsius).

Partly cloudy with continued warming on Sunday.  Highs near 40° (4° Celsius).

Partly cloudy Sunday night, with lows in the low 30s (0° Celsius).

Partly cloudy on Monday, with highs approaching 50° (10° Celsius).

We should reach the mid to upper 50s (14° Celsius) Tuesday and Wednesday, but there’s a chance for scattered light showers on Tuesday, and a better chance for rain Wednesday.

I’ve taken a look at the long-range models this afternoon, and I think we’ll keep the well above average temperatures right into the middle of March!

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