Metro Detroit weather: Some snow this afternoon, then temps drop

DETROIT – We continue to grind out some snow, but it will trend lighter and become more scattered as we progress through the afternoon.

The bigger story now is temperature: once that cold front crosses your area, temperatures will quickly drop.

So, even though we started the day near 30 degrees (-1 degree Celsius), it’ll only be in the low to mid 20s (-5 degree Celsius) by the end of the afternoon (and even colder north of M-59). West to northwest winds increasing to 10 to 15 mph will make it feel even colder this afternoon.

Strong north winds are developing over Lake Huron which, combined with the very high lake levels, will once again cause large swells and waves to crash ashore and cause some damage and flooding. Accordingly, the National Weather Service has issued a Lakeshore Flood Advisory for our Lake Huron shoreline areas from 7:00 a.m. Thursday to 4:00 a.m. Friday.

Today’s sunrise is at 7:33 a.m., and today’s sunset is at 6:03 p.m.

Thursday night forecast

Becoming mostly clear and bitterly cold Thursday night, with lows ranging from 7 degrees (-14 degrees Celsius) in our Urban Heat Island closer to Detroit, to near zero (-18 to -17 degrees Celsius) in rural areas. Wind chills when you leave for work Friday morning will be between zero and -5 degrees (-18 to -21 degrees Celsius).

Valentine’s Day will start with bright sunshine, before skies become partly to mostly cloudy during the afternoon. It’ll be cuddling cold, with highs barely approaching 20 degrees (-7 degrees Celsius), and afternoon wind chills around 10 degrees (-12 degrees Celsius).

Becoming mostly clear Friday night, with lows near 10 degrees (-12 degrees Celsius).

Your weekend

Saturday starts with some sunshine, then clouds increase through the day. Temperatures rebound into the low 30s (0 degrees Celsius), so get the kids outside to play in the snow, as the snow will be mostly gone by midweek next week – gotta seize these opportunities. It will become breezy Saturday afternoon, though.

Snow showers and flurries are possible Saturday night, with little or no accumulation. Lows in the upper 20s (-2 degrees Celsius).

Mostly cloudy to start on Sunday, then sunshine increases by afternoon. Highs in the upper 30s (4 degrees Celsius).

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