Metro Detroit weather: Taste of winter before the weekend

DETROIT – It looks a little nicer than it feels out there today with plenty of Thursday sunshine around Metro Detroit.

As the temps respond to the sun, the winds will keep those highs in the mid to upper 40s will feel more like the mid 30s as the breeze blows SSE 7-17 gusting 15-23 mph. Cloud cover will increase in the late afternoon ahead of a cool front coming our way. Rain showers will pass quickly through SE Lower Michigan and Southern Ontario after 6pm, and snow will begin to mix in later in the evening, especially in our North Zone.

Cool air following this cold front will turn limited moisture into snow showers Friday morning with scattered snow showers capable of coating your neighborhood and making for a slippery morning commute in spots. Model data suggests these pockets of snow are capable of a dusting to an inch, but they will be scattered throughout Metro Detroit.

Spotty snow through the early afternoon, but the bigger story tomorrow is the cold and wind. Temps will be in the 30s all day with winds NNW 15-30 gusting 30-40 mph at times tomorrow. Those winds create more lake effect snow chances in parts of the Thumb and Southern Ontario. We’ll be watching it closely for you.

Weekend outlook

We saved the best for last. The weekend weather is a complete turn around with tons of sunshine all the way through and quickly warming temperatures. We will only hit middle 40s on Saturday with lighter winds, but Sunday brings a shot at 60F with a gusty warming wind from the south. Our next wet weather chance will be late Monday as rain because our mild 50s will linger for the start of the work and school week.

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