Weekend snow forecast: 1-2 inches expected in Metro Detroit

Bundle up for bitter cold

DETROIT – Those heading out to work or school early this morning will be dealing with wind chills averaging 10 to 15 degrees (-12 to -9 degrees Celsius). 

That’s how cold it will actually feel on your exposed skin, so dress appropriately, and also remember to grab your sun glasses, because we’ll have mostly sunny skies this morning, with a bit more cloud cover working in this afternoon.  

Actual highs this afternoon should reach the low 30s (0 degrees Celsius), but wind chills then will still be near 20 degrees (-6 to -7 degrees Celsius).  

Today’s sunrise is at 7:50 a.m., and today’s sunset is at 5:01 p.m.

Friday evening forecast

Increasing clouds tonight, with snow developing after midnight -- our Friday evening plans look dry.  Lows in the low to mid 20s (-5 degrees Celsius). 

Snow Saturday morning

Steady snow first thing Saturday morning will become off-and-on bands of snow rotating through, with all snow tapering off by late afternoon.  

Based upon the moisture that our approaching storm system has available to tap into, this looks to be a widespread 1-2 inches snowfall, with a final band of afternoon light-to-moderate snow that forms from a period of northeast winds coming off Lake Huron possibly generating a third inch for some.  Highs in the low 30s (0 degrees Celsius).

Becoming mostly clear for a while Saturday night, then becoming partly cloudy later at night.  Lows near 20 degrees (-6 to -7 degrees Celsius).

Here's a look at the clouds and radar timeline:

Sunday forecast

Partly cloudy to start on Sunday, then clouds increase, with highs in the low 30s (0 degrees Celsius). 

Our next chance for some snow looks to be on Monday.  It’s too early to say how much just yet, but this shouldn't be a significant storm -- perhaps another inch or two.

I expect the cold temperature pattern, with periodic light snow chances, to persist all the way through next week. In fact, highs next Tuesday through Friday will only reach the upper 20s to near 30 degrees (-2 to -1 degree Celsius).  If you’ll be coming downtown for Menorah in the D Tuesday evening, be ready for very cold temperatures (probably near 20 degrees (-6 to -7 degrees Celsius).  

The very cold pattern could possibly relax slightly the following week, but we’ll still be cold.  So, I expect much of any snow we get this week and next to stick around -- a White Christmas is looking increasingly likely -- stay tuned!

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