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Bitter cold takes over today in SE Michigan

DETROIT – It’s a cold one out there -- please make sure that the kids are dressed appropriately if they’ll be out at the bus stop, and also don’t forget about your pets. This bitter cold is dangerous for them, too. 

If you missed my article yesterday with tips to help keep your furry friend safe in this weather, you can check it out here.

Mostly cloudy and breezy today, with scattered snow showers.  Like yesterday, some of us will barely get any flurries, while others see the flakes flying…it just depends upon where you are.  Highs only near 20 degrees (-6 degrees Celsius), but the west-southwest wind at 10 to 20 mph will create wind chills between zero and 5 above (-15 to -18 degrees Celsius).  Today’s sunrise is at 8:02 AM, and today’s sunset is at 5:16 PM.

Snow showers gradually diminish tonight, with lows near 8 degrees (-13 degrees Celsius).  West wind diminishing to 8 to 12 mph.  I expect partial clearing tonight but, if more clearing occurs than expected and winds lighten up quicker than expected, temperatures could go much lower than this.

Mostly cloudy and breezy on Friday with a few flurries.  Highs in the upper teens (-7 degrees Celsius), with wind chills between zero and 5 above (-15 to -18 degrees Celsius).

Mostly cloudy Friday night, with lows near 9 degrees (-13 degrees Celsius).

Mostly cloudy and breezy on Saturday with a few flurries or brief, light snow showers.  Highs near 20 degrees (-6 degrees Celsius), but wind chills between zero and 5 above (-15 to -18 degrees Celsius).

Becoming partly cloudy Saturday night, with lows near 9 degrees (-13 degrees Celsius).  Note:  once again, if skies clear out completely and the wind becomes lighter than expected, then we’ll be significantly colder than this.

Partly cloudy and breezy on Sunday, with highs near 20 degrees (-6 degrees Celsius), but wind chills between zero and 5 above (-15 to -18 degrees Celsius).

Monday will be breezy as well, but these breezes will shift to the warmer southerly direction.  Skies will be mostly cloudy, and temperatures should rise into the mid to upper 20s (-2 to -3 degrees Celsius).  Note: One computer model tries to give us some light snow on Monday due to the warmer air streaming in and rising atop the colder layer of air at the surface. I’ll have to keep an eye on this.

It still appears that Tuesday will feature a period of snow – possibly accumulating snow – before a changeover to rain.  This is a very close call, and where you live may make a huge difference.  Those of you in our South Zone may only see a brief band of snow, followed by mostly rain.  By contrast, those of you in our North Zone may see several hours of snow, before that changeover.  It’s way too early to try and pin this down.  Highs should rise gradually into the upper 30s (3 to 4 degrees Celsius) -- and that high may not even occur until Monday evening.

A solid band of rain crosses the area Tuesday night, with steady temperatures near 40 degrees (4 degrees Celsius), followed by colder weather returning by the end of the day on Wednesday.

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