Metro Detroit weather: Next winter storm on horizon

Wind chills between minus 10 and minus 20 by daybreak

DETROIT – The worst of this week's wind chills have yet to arrive in Metro Detroit, and the next winter storm is on the horizon.

We’re seeing snow squalls across the northern half of our area that will gradually move south through the evening. It will be intense enough to drop visibility below a mile at times, and put down a fresh coating of snow under the more persistent bands.

Once the snow dries out overnight, temperatures will continue to drop. Lows will be just above zero with wind chills between minus 10 and minus 20 by daybreak.

Thursday will feature some sunshine, but will be our coldest of the stretch. High temperatures will barely get into double-digit territory. Wind chills will stay below zero the entire day. At least we get a break from the snow for a day.

But the snow will return late Friday afternoon, and it will be the front end of our next winter storm.

Temperatures will rise from afternoon highs in the mid-teens, all the way to the mid-30s by Saturday afternoon.

There will be plenty of moisture with this storm. In fact, the moisture amounts look very similar to last weekend’s pre-winter wallop. But with rising temps on Saturday, there will be a period of mixed precipitation and, eventually, rain.

The rain will cut into snow totals, but we’ll still likely see 6 or more inches north of Detroit, and slightly less south of the city. Those numbers likely will change as the system develops, but plan to be shoveling a slushy mess by Sunday morning.

Temperatures will get even colder early next week before bouncing back a bit midweek. Check out the up-and-down numbers in our 10-day forecast.

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