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Metro Detroit weather: Another cold front is on the way

Clouds start overspreading the area

Tonight will remain quite, with mostly clear skies for most of the night, before becoming partly cloudy toward dawn. (WDIV)
Tonight will remain quite, with mostly clear skies for most of the night, before becoming partly cloudy toward dawn. (WDIV)

DETROIT – Spectacular sunshine and temperatures in the 40s (6-9 degrees Celsius) made for a beautiful day today. Skies will remain mostly clear for the first half of the night, before some clouds start overspreading the area.

Lows in the mid to upper 30s (3-4 degrees Celsius) will occur in the middle of the night, with temperatures rising to near 40 degrees (5 degrees Celsius) by dawn. East to southeast wind at 4 to 7 mph.

Mostly cloudy skies (meaning still a bit of sun) will start our Thursday, but skies will quickly cloud up and we’ll see a band of rain cross the area from west to east generally between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Naturally, those of us in the west will see it first, and those of us in the east will get it last.  Once the front generating these showers crosses the area, the rain ends and the sun returns for most of the afternoon. Since the front is not a particularly strong one, and also since it’s crossing the area midday with the sun coming out behind it, temperatures should still reach the low 50s (11 degrees Celsius) for highs.

Wind ahead of the front will blow from the south, and then veer to the west behind the front, at 10 to 20 mph.

Here is how my in-house high resolution RPM model is showing the progression of things Thursday:

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Thursday’s sunrise is at 7:42 a.m., and Thursday’s sunset is at 5:02 p.m.

Mostly clear Thursday night, with lows in the low 30s (0 degrees Celsius).

Mostly sunny on Friday, with highs in the mid 40s (7-8 degrees Celsius). It’ll be the perfect early winter day for the City of Birmingham’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:00 p.m. in Shain Park. Local 4’s Sandra Ali will be emceeing the event…she looks forward to seeing you there!

Mostly clear early Friday night, with some clouds arriving later at night.  Lows in the low to mid 30s (0 to 1 degree Celsius).

Partly to mostly cloudy skies to start on Saturday as an upper level disturbance approaches the northern Great Lakes region, with more sunshine developing for the afternoon. It’ll be a great day to do some holiday shopping or get those Christmas lights up!  Highs in the mid 40s (8 degrees Celsius).

Mostly clear Saturday night, with lows in the low 30s (0 degrees Celsius).

Mostly sunny on Sunday, another spectacular day to do some shopping or get those lights up…and you might want to consider getting some of this done because things are going to change dramatically next week. Highs Sunday near 50 degrees (10 degrees Celsius).
 
Rain showers are likely on Monday as a potent cold front to our west inches this way. Highs in the low to mid 50s (11-12 degrees Celsius).

Rain showers may start our day on Tuesday, but end after the cold front passes by. Near steady temperatures in the mid 40s (7-8 degrees Celsius).

Wednesday through Friday look to be mostly cloudy and a little breezy, with snow showers possible. It’s impossible to predict which day has the better chance for snow, but my gut feeling based upon the upper air forecast data is that this potential increases toward the end of the week. Highs should be in the mid 30s (2-3 degrees Celsius). If you wanted to wait for colder weather with some snowflakes flying around to do your shopping or put up your lights, then this is your opportunity. If not, then I strongly suggest getting out this coming weekend.


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