Metro Detroit weather: Snow to end the year

Drying out for evening

Today’s weather scenario is playing out exactly as expected, with light snow overspreading the area during the morning hours.

By late morning, the area of steady snow will be moving off to our east, although some lake effect snow showers will still be around during the afternoon (albeit in a diminishing phase as the afternoon progresses). By early this evening, only a few lingering snow showers may be around roughly along the I-94 corridor, but even those will end within a few hours. It appears that snow amounts will average around an inch or two.

Temperatures today will not move much…from the low 30s (-1 to 0 degrees Celsius) this morning to an afternoon high in the mid 30s (1 degrees Celsius). It won’t be nearly as windy as it was on Monday, but you’ll still notice the wind today blowing from the southwest at 15 to 25 mph, with higher gusts.

The continuation of the strong southwest winds means that the National Weather Service has extended the Lakeshore Flood Warning for the St. Clair County shoreline areas along Lake St. Clair until 4:00 p.m. If you watched Nick Monacelli’s Monday live reports from the area on Local 4 News, you saw how impactful that wind combined with high lake levels has been.

Remember that you can monitor the snow, wind, temperatures, road conditions, and many other things on the FREE Local4Casters weather app. It’s truly the best weather app in the nation, and easily downloadable from the app store – just search under WDIV. Did you know that our app also has an earthquake layer? It shows you the location of every earthquake in the world over the past day or so…just slide and zoom the map with your finger, and tap on any dot for the details!

The last sunrise of 2019 is at 8:02 a.m., and the last sunset of 2019 is at 5:11 p.m.

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve itself, as described above, will be mostly dry, with temps still in the low 30s (-1 to 0 degrees Celsius) at midnight, but wind chills around 20 degrees (-7 degrees Celsius). The rest of the night will be cloudy, with lows in the mid 20s (-4 degrees Celsius). West wind at 10 to 20 mph.

New Year’s Day 2020 will start cloudy, but become mostly sunny by afternoon. Highs in the upper 30s (4 degrees Celsius).

Rest of the week

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

Increasing clouds on Thursday, with highs in the mid 40s (6 to 7 degrees Celsius).

Rain develops Thursday night, with lows in the upper 30s (4 degrees Celsius).

Rain continues into Friday, with highs in the upper 40s (9 degrees Celsius).

Rain will still be around Friday night, with lows in the mid 30s (2 degrees Celsius).

Weekend Outlook

Rain may mix with or change to light snow. Highs near 40 degrees (4 to 5 degrees Celsius).

Any lingering snowflakes Saturday evening will come to an end, and the overnight hours should be dry, with lows in the upper 20s (-2 degrees Celsius).

We’ll hopefully start Sunday with some sunshine, although clouds will likely increase during the day. Highs in the mid to upper 30s (3 degrees Celsius).

U of M’s Citrus Bowl weather

I’ve been updating the U of M coaching staff about their bowl weather, and the forecast remains rock solid with nearly ideal game conditions. They’ll have lots of Maize Sun and Blue Sky, very light wind (if any), and game temps in the upper 60s (20 degrees Celsius). Go Blue!

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