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Metro Detroit weather forecast: Windy Tuesday

Wait ‘til you see the Christmas warmup!

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As expected, winds steadily increased today, with most areas experiencing continuous wind between 20 and 25 mph, and gusts between 25 and 40 mph.  More importantly, those winds are blowing from the southwest, so we’ve been able to dislodge that bitter cold Arctic air mass that plagued us yesterday - and wait until you see the temperatures headed this way for the holiday weekend and beyond…

Tonight will feature mostly clear skies, although we should see some clouds move in late at night.  Lows in the upper teens (-8 degrees Celsius), which will feel a whole lot better than the temps we’ve started our days with the past two days.  Wind should settle down to a southwest wind at 5 to 10 mph.

Any sunshine we see first thing Wednesday morning will quickly disappear by advancing clouds, and most of the day should be cloudy.  Highs in the mid 30s (1 degree Celsius).  South-southwest wind at 7 to 12 mph.  Wednesday’s sunrise is at 7:59 AM, and Wednesday’s sunset is at 5:04 PM.

Mostly cloudy Wednesday night, with lows in the upper 20s (-2 degrees Celsius).

Becoming partly cloudy on Thursday, with highs in the upper 30s (3 degrees Celsius).

Mostly clear Thursday night, with lows in the mid 20s (-4 to -5 degrees Celsius).

Mostly sunny on Friday…an awesome day to get that last minute holiday shopping done…and a beautiful day for those of you traveling to Festivus parties (if you don’t know what Festivus is, just Google it).  Don’t forget your aluminum pole, and and good luck airing your grievances and with your feats of strength!  Highs Friday in the mid 30s (2 degrees Celsius).

There’s a chance for some snow showers or some light snow Friday night, but the models are not consistent with their handling of a weak weather system sliding by mostly to our south.  I’ll keep an eye on this for you.  Lows in the upper 20s (-2 degrees Celsius).

Assuming that any Friday night snow ends by dawn (which is my expectation right now), becoming partly cloudy by Saturday afternoon, with highs in mid to upper 30s (2 to 3 degrees Celsius).

Saturday evening begins both Christmas and Chanukah this year…an unusual confluence of the two holidays.  Right now, I don’t foresee any major travel issues around southeast Michigan.  Skies should become mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s (-4 degrees Celsius).

The Sunday forecast is changing due to the models generating a stronger (and slower moving) storm system to our west.  Travel across the Northern Plains could be a mess this weekend…I’ll update you on this as soon as this storm comes into better focus.  But for us, the stronger system means a slower arrival to the rain I was expecting yesterday.  As of this afternoon’s computer models, I think any approaching light rain should hold off until Sunday evening.  And our warmup continues, with highs reaching 40 degrees (4 to 5 degrees Celsius).

The cold front associated with the above-mentioned storm looks to swing through on Monday, the start of Kwanzaa.  If that’s the day you plan to hit the stores and take advantage of the post-holiday sales, get ready for a warm one, but also a very windy one.  As the front approaches, a solid band of rain will cross the area (it’s too early to try and get specific on timing).  Highs will reach the low 50s (11 degrees Celsius) as long as the front holds off until afternoon, and winds could potentially gust over 40 mph.  This will be a very dynamic weather day, and I’ll obviously keep a close eye on day-to-day developments.


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