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Metro Detroit weather: Cold sunshine ahead

Storm system headed our way for peak travel day

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DETROIT – Now that we have the weekend and a huge change in the weather behind us, it’s time to focus on this week’s travel and shopping weather.

Monday night will feature mostly clear skies, and it’ll be another cold night as lows drop into the low 20s (5 to 6 degrees below Celsius for our Canadian neighbors). Northwest winds at 7 to 12 mph.

Mostly sunny on Tuesday, and you’ll notice some of those pretty, wispy, high-level cirrus clouds moving in by mid- to late afternoon, perhaps just in time for us to see some nice sun dogs, those bright rainbow-colored patches to the right and left of the sun. Highs in the upper 30s (4 degrees Celsius). West-northwest winds at 4 to 7 mph means that Tuesday will be our first non-windy day in four days.  It’ll be nice to get a break from that wind.

Tuesday’s sunrise is at 7:33 a.m., and Tuesday’s sunset is at 5:06 p.m.

Increasing and thickening clouds Tuesday night, with lows in the upper 20s (2 degrees below Celsius).

Wednesday should start dry, but rain and snow should develop sometime during the morning.  It’s not clear if this will be a rain, then snow, then back to rain scenario, or a snow to rain scenario.  Even if we end up getting a few hours of snow, this should change to rain, so I’m not expecting any accumulation, especially since temps will be above freezing. Afternoon highs should reach the mid- to upper 30s (3 degrees Celsius), and then go up a bit from there in the late afternoon-early evening hours.

Wednesday night should be all rain, with lows in the mid 30s (1-2 degrees Celsius).  With a bit of luck, the rain should start breaking up and become much less widespread later at night.

Even if we start Thursday with a shower or two, those should end, and I think most of the day will be dry.  Temperatures during America’s Thanksgiving Parade will rise to near 40 degrees (4-5 degrees Celsius), with afternoon highs reaching the mid-40s (7 degrees Celsius). We’ve certainly had much worse Thanksgiving weather than this, so come downtown and watch the amazing parade in person.

Of course, if you’d rather not brave the elements, remember that Local 4 is your exclusive home for live parade coverage from start to finish. You won’t miss a thing, and all from the comfort of your living room with a hot chocolate in hand.

Mostly cloudy Thursday night, with lows in the mid-30s (2 degrees Celsius).

I’m now changing my Black Friday forecast, as it appears that a weak upper level system that the models didn’t pick up on last week will cross the Great Lakes with some light rain showers, and perhaps even a bit of wet snow mixed in. Highs in the mid-40s (7 degrees Celsius).

Let’s all try to shop at our local stores, instead of buying stuff online. While I understand the convenience of buying things online, when you do that, you send your money directly out of the state, and slap our local merchants in the face. Our stores here at home (and our friends and neighbors who work there) depend on the holiday shopping season. For many, this season is make-or-break for the entire year. Let’s show some local pride and shop locally.

The upcoming weekend right now looks fantastic, by November standards, with partly cloudy skies and highs in the mid- to upper 40s (8-9 degrees Celsius).

Thanksgiving travel weather

Here are a bunch of national weather maps I’ve put together to help you plan your holiday travel.  On Tuesday, it appears that the most noteworthy weather will extend from around Minneapolis down through Iowa and Missouri into Arkansas. On Wednesday, we’ll have the nation’s most noteworthy weather, with rain and snow across the Great Lakes region. This is not a strong winter storm by any means but, as you know just from being in rush hour here, even wet roads slow things down.  On the holiday itself, the nation’s most disruptive weather will be in the Pacific Northwest, as a strong Pacific storm crashes ashore.

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Out of office

I’ll be off for the next several days getting an early start on my Thanksgiving week.  So I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy, joyous Thanksgiving.  I see a lot of people’s complaints about various topics all year long on social media but, in the end, I choose to focus on the many things for which I’m thankful.  I get to work my childhood dream job.  I have a wonderful family, and such an amazing circle of close friends that it’s truly like having an extra-large family.  I’m in a position where I get to help my favorite charitable causes.  And I have the ability to educate you about climate change, science and the environment.  Do I have things that I can complain about?  Sure I do.  But I’ve always focused on the many good things, and I always maintain that the good outweighs the bad.   Have a safe holiday, and I’ll still be keeping a close eye on the weather and tweeting personal updates (including radar images) when necessary.  If you don’t already follow me on Twitter, now would be a good time. Find me at @PGLocal4.

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