Metro Detroit weather: Strong cold front arrives

Temperatures plummet into 30s in some areas

DETROIT – The potent cold front we’ve been telling you about for days is just now exiting the east side, with temperatures plummeting in its wake.

Temperatures at 11 a.m. range from 57 degrees (14 degrees Celsius) in Detroit to 43 (6 degrees Celsius) degrees in Howell, and it’s in the 30s (3 degrees Celsius) west of there.

Temps will continue to drop Friday afternoon, and some of us, especially west of US-23, will be in the 30s by late afternoon. Fortunately, we’ll have some breaks of sun.

Wind is the other story. We had gusts between 40 and 50 mph Friday morning, but the strongest gusts were ahead of the front, and I do not expect gusts of that magnitude in the afternoon.

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Friday’s sunrise was at 7:36 a.m., and sunset is at 7:46 p.m.

Skies will become partly cloudy at night, with lows plummeting into the low 20s (-6 degrees Celsius).

Weekend forecast

The weekend forecast has remained stable all week long, as cold Canadian high pressure settles over the Great Lakes.

We’ll have partly cloudy skies first thing Saturday morning that become mostly sunny by afternoon, with highs in the mid- to upper 30s (3 degrees Celsius).

Some high clouds will move in Sunday, but that still allows plenty of sunshine to get through, with highs in the low 40s (5 degrees Celsius).

It now appears that we’ll get some wet snow and/or rain Sunday night, but the precipitation shouldn’t impact our weekend daytime hours.

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