Metro Detroit weather forecast: From winter to spring, and then back to winter – in one evening!


Rain certainly reigned today, as expected. And now we’re waiting for that warm air. 

As of the time I am writing this (3:30 PM), the front edge of that warm air, otherwise known as the warm front, is edging across the state line!  Believe it or not, just south of that warm front in Toledo, the temperature is 57 degrees (14 degrees Celsius)!!!  That warm air should briefly push into our area late this afternoon / early evening, although there is some question as to if that warm air will make it all the way up into our North Zone.  Regardless, any warmth we get will be short-lived as a strong cold front follows a short time later, with plummeting temperatures behind it…along with gusty winds.  Rain will end with the cold front’s passage, too, and I don’t expect any snow showers behind it.

My only concern Tuesday night is: will temperatures fall to freezing before the water evaporates off of paved surfaces?  That’s going to be a real close call.  If the answer to that question is “yes,” then we’ll see a lot of icy patches develop on roads, sidewalks and driveways.  If the answer is “no,” then the only thing to worry about is scattered puddles freezing.  Lows should drop to near 30 degrees (-1 degree Celsius), but a little warmer in our Urban Heat Island.  Wind will shift from the southwest to the west behind the cold front, and increase to 20 to 30 mph for a few hours.

Cloudy on Wednesday with temperatures not moving much from the early morning low.  Northwest wind at 10 to 15 mph.  Wednesday sunrise is at 7:38 a.m., and Wednesday’s sunset is at 5:57 p.m.

Mostly cloudy Wednesday night, with lows in the upper teens (-8 degrees Celsius).

Mostly cloudy on Thursday with a few morning snow showers possible, then becoming partly cloudy during the afternoon.  Highs in the mid 20s (-5 degrees Celsius).

Partly cloudy Thursday night, with lows in the low to mid teens (-10 degrees Celsius).

Becoming cloudy on Friday, with some afternoon light snow possible.  At this point, I don’t expect much accumulation…probably under an inch.  Highs in the low 30s (0 degrees Celsius).

Mostly cloudy Friday night, with lows near 30 degrees (-1 degree Celsius).

Mostly cloudy and milder on Saturday, with highs in the mid 40s (8 degrees Celsius).

Cloudy with a chance of light rain late Saturday night.  Lows in the mid 30s (1 degree Celsius).

Rain is likely on Sunday, with highs in the mid 40s (7 degrees Celsius).

At this point, most of next week looks dry, with seasonable highs in the mid to upper 30s (2 to 4 degrees Celsius).

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