Metro Detroit weather: Return to reality as official start of winter approaches

Lows fall into 20s

DETROIT – Our last full day of autumn was a stark return to normal. Overnight lows will be no different, expect the low to mid-20s by daybreak. Winds will be calm under mostly cloudy skies.

Winter begins at 11:28 a.m. Thursday, and it won't feel a whole lot different than Wednesday. Expect mostly cloudy skies with highs in the mid-30s.

Our weekend weather maker looks like it's taking a detour. Friday night’s soaker will stay south and east of us, and that includes any snow which would have rolled in on the back side of that system. Temperatures will get nudged up just a bit on Friday to highs near 40 degrees.

Saturday and Christmas Eve, Sunday, will be mainly dry, but an upper-level disturbance rolling out of the central plains could provide a white Christmas for us after all. Models are split regarding how much snow this will produce for Southeast Michigan, but if we get it, the flakes will fly late Sunday night into Christmas morning on Monday.

Even without the snow, a big cool-down is in store for us. Temperatures Christmas Eve will max out in the mid-20s. Temperatures will continue to drop through Tuesday, when highs will only get to the mid-teens. Morning lows will be in single digits with wind chills near zero.

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