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Metro Detroit weather forecast: Get ready for a little spring, then a lot of winter

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a great New Year’s weekend, and are enjoying one more day off before it’s back to work to start 2017.  The winter weather roller coaster that we’ve been on is going to continue.  Tonight we’ll start climbing one of those peaks and then, by Wednesday, we’ll rush down into one of those valleys.  That’s the way it’s been this winter, so I guess we’re used to it.

Skies will become cloudy tonight (if they haven’t already clouded over where you are now), and we’ll see periods of rain.  Overnight lows in the mid 30s (2 degrees Celsius) will occur this evening, as temperatures will remain nearly steady after that, and even begin to rise toward 40 degrees (4 degrees Celsius) late at night.  East-northeast wind at 2 to 5 mph.

Off and on rain showers will dominate our Tuesday, although it wouldn’t surprise me to see a dry period or two during the day.  Highs in the low to mid 40s (6 to 6 degrees Celsius).  Northeast wind becoming northwest at 7 to 12 mph. 

Tuesday’s sunrise is at 8:02 AM, and Tuesday’s sunset is at 5:14 PM.

Any late-day lingering rain showers should Tuesday evening, with a brief snow shower possible after a strong cold front crosses the area.  Lows in the mid 20s (-4 degrees Celsius).

Mostly cloudy, breezy and colder on Wednesday, with near steady temperatures in the mid to upper 20s (-2 degrees Celsius).  A couple of snow showers are possible, but I don’t expect much coverage at this point.  Wind chills Wednesday will be 10 to 15 degrees (-12 to -10 degrees Celsius).

Mostly cloudy and breezy Wednesday night, with lows in the mid teens (-10 degrees Celsius).

Mostly cloudy and still breezy on Thursday, with highs near 20 degrees (-7 to -6 degrees Celsius).  Wind chills Thursday will be around 5 degrees (-15 degrees Celsius).

Becoming partly cloudy Thursday night, with lows near 8 degrees (-13 degrees Celsius).

Partly cloudy on Friday, with highs in the upper teens (-7 degrees Celsius).

Increasing clouds Friday night, with lows in the mid teens (-10 degrees Celsius).

Mostly cloudy on Saturday as a relatively weak cold front crosses the area.  A few flurries or light snow showers are possible, but no big deal.  Highs in the low 20s (-6 degrees Celsius).

Becoming partly cloudy Saturday night, with lows in the low teens (-11 degrees Celsius).

Partly cloudy on Sunday, with highs in the low 20s (-5 degrees Celsius).

Initial outlook for the Lions game at Seattle this Saturday:

While long range forecasting for the west coast is extremely challenging due to the lack of surface and upper air data to their west over the Pacific (basically, all that we have to rely upon is satellite data), there is enough guidance from this afternoon’s computer models to suggest less than ideal game weather.  There’s a chance for rain which, combined with temperatures in the upper 30s, is pretty miserable weather.  If you’re thinking about going to the game (I wish I could), be prepared for the elements.  I’ll keep an eye on things through the week and update you.  Go Lions!
 


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