Metro Detroit weather: Much colder temperatures ahead

Temperatures reach 50 degrees Tuesday

DETROIT – Temperatures zoomed to 50 degrees Tuesday afternoon, melting away even more of our snowpack. But that will be our warmest temperature by far heading into the Christmas holidays.

On Tuesday night, skies will clear out and temperatures will be much colder, dipping into the low to mid-20s.

Wednesday won't be as breezy, and temperatures will barely get above freezing in some spots. Expect temperatures in the low to mid-30s by mid-afternoon.

Winter will arrive uneventfully just before noon Thursday. Skies will be mostly cloudy through the day, with highs in the mid-30s.

Dry conditions will remain until late Friday night, when our next shot at rain arrives. Right now, it looks like the majority of that rain will come after midnight through the first half of Saturday morning.

There will be some afternoon snow on the back of that rain, but most of the moisture will have moved east by that point, so it will likely show up as lake-effect snow showers, with minor, if any, accumulation.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day look windy and cold. It will be tough to rule out a few flakes, but no major storms are in the future. 

There’s also no sign of a warmup, so be ready to finish 2017 with highs in the 20s and lows near 10 degrees.

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