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Metro Detroit forecast: Big weather changes ahead

Meteor shower comes up Wednesday night

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DETROIT – Get ready for some pretty wild temperature swings over the next few days. This is the real November weather that we’ve lacked so far this month, and it’ll come in with a vengeance, but not Wednesday night.

Skies will become partly cloudy (even mostly clear for some), with a chance for some late-night fog developing. Lows will be in the low 40s -- 5 degrees Celsius for our Canadian friends -- with calm air.

The clearing skies are great news because Wednesday night is the annual Leonid Meteor Shower. Although it's possible to perhaps see a couple late Wednesday evening after 11 p.m., the best time to watch is just before dawn Thursday morning.

Face north and look almost straight up, and you don’t need a telescope or binoculars, just your eyes. Since looking up for more than a few minutes is tough on your neck, the best thing to do is to lay on a lounge chair. Our biggest problem this year is moonlight, which will wash out the fainter meteors. However, you'll still be able to see the bright ones. Obviously, the darker the area you watch from, the more you'll see.

This year, we should expect to see perhaps a couple of meteors every 15 minutes. Good luck, and let me know on Twitter (@PGLocal4) if you see any.

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Any early morning fog or fog-induced clouds should dissipate during the morning, with lots of sunshine gracing our afternoon skies. Highs will be in the low to mid-60s (16-17 degrees Celsius), although those of you near the big lakes will probably remain in the upper 50s to near 60 degrees (15 degrees Celsius) due to the southeast wind at 10 to 15 mph coming in off the cooler lakes.

It will be mostly clear and mild Thursday night, with lows near 50 degrees (10 degrees Celsius).

Friday will be mostly sunny to partly cloudy, and it’ll be even warmer, with highs in the mid- to upper 60s (19-20 degrees Celsius). Our record high on Friday is 69 degrees (20.5 degrees Celsius), so we’ll be close.

Friday will also be a windy day, with 10 to 20 mph wind blowing from the south. While we’ll be on the warm side of the approaching storm system Friday, parts of Minnesota will see true blizzard conditions, as 6-10 inches of snow combined with 50 mph wind gusts will create whiteout conditions.

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Friday night is where things change rather dramatically. A potent cold front will bring with it a line of showers, and those showers could have some strong wind gusts. These are not severe thunderstorms, but the wind field aloft will be quite strong, so these routine showers might be able to tap into those strong winds aloft and translate that momentum down to the surface.

Saturday will be mostly cloudy and windy with scattered rain showers possible, and even scattered sleet or snow showers possible by mid to late afternoon. The day will start with temperatures in the mid- to upper 40s (8 degrees Celsius) that then fall into the upper 30s (4 degrees Celsius) by the end of the afternoon.

West winds at 20 to 30 mph will, of course, make it feel much colder. You’ll really need to dress for the elements if you’re going to the Michigan State noon game against Ohio State or Michigan’s 3:30 p.m. game against Indiana.

It will be mostly cloudy and still windy Saturday night, with a chance of snow showers. Lows will be in the upper 20s (minus 2 degrees Celsius).

Sunday will be mostly cloudy and windy, with highs in the upper 30s (4 degrees Celsius).

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