Metro Detroit weather: Less wind, but tracking some snowflakes

Here is the weather forecast for Metro Detroit.

High wind developed right on schedule Sunday, with the expected power outages following suit.

Here are Sunday’s peak wind gusts I have received as of Monday mid-morning and, for perspective, remember that severe thunderstorm warnings are issued when storm gusts are expected to reach or exceed 58 mph. Also remember that wind is usually stronger over the water due to lack of friction from terrain, buildings and trees.

  • Detroit River Light -- 70 mph
  • Peche Island Light -- 68 mph
  • Troy -- 64 mph
  • Grosse Pte. Yacht Club -- 63 mph
  • Romulus -- 61 mph
  • Ann Arbor -- 61 mph
  • Adrian -- 60 mph
  • Ypsilanti -- 60 mph
  • Harrison Twp. -- 59 mph
  • Detroit -- 58 mph
  • Metro Beach -- 58 mph
  • Waterford -- 55 mph
  • Monroe -- 54 mph
  • Croswell -- 53 mph
  • Ortonville -- 50 mph
  • Howell -- 49 mph
  • Temperance -- 48 mph
  • Lapeer -- 47 mph
  • Flat Rock -- 47 mph
  • Whitmore Lake -- 47 mph
  • Grosse Ile -- 47 mph
  • Lambertville -- 47 mph
  • Port Huron -- 40 mph

Gusts have dropped into the 20 to 30 mph range, and the lowering trend will continue through the day, so the Wind Advisory and Lakeshore Flood Warning were cancelled early this morning by the National Weather Service.  We started the day mostly cloudy, but we’ll see increasing breaks in those clouds and, by this afternoon, should have at least partly cloudy skies.  Highs in the mid 40s (7 to 8 degrees Celsius), which will feel colder of course due to the wind.

Today’s sunrise was at 7:26 a.m., and today’s sunset is at 5:10 p.m.

An upper level disturbance comes close enough to us Monday night to generate a band of light snow that will cross the area.  I do not expect any accumulation, as temperatures should be above freezing, and the ground is above freezing as well.  However, if your car is parked outside, you may have to dust off some flakes or scrape off a bit of ice come Tuesday morning.  Lows near 30 degrees (-1 degree Celsius).  Wind becoming northwest at 8 to 13 mph.

Partly cloudy on Tuesday, and it’ll be a chilly day with highs only near 40 degrees (5 degrees Celsius), with a noticeable northwest breeze making it feel colder.

Mostly clear Tuesday night, with lows in the mid 20s (-5 to -4 degrees Celsius).

Mostly sunny on Wednesday and, with the wind lightening up, it’ll be a reasonable fall day with highs in the low 40s (5 to 6 degrees Celsius).

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

Partly cloudy and breezy on Thursday -- but warming up! Highs in the mid to upper 50s (14 degrees Celsius).

Partly cloudy Thursday night, with lows in the mid 40s (7 to 8 degrees Celsius).

Partly cloudy on Friday (clouds may increase, later in the day). Highs could top 60 degrees (15 to 16 degrees Celsius) if we keep the sun long enough into the day!

Weekend outlook

A front settling down across the area brings rain chances both days this weekend. Highs in the mid 50s (12 to 13 degrees Celsius).

Looking into my crystal ball

I’ve taken a quick peek at some of the long range computer models and, right now, Thanksgiving looks like a pretty good weather day, with partly cloudy skies and highs in the low 50s (11 degrees Celsius)! So the weather looks great for America’s Thanksgiving Parade, which we can only see on Local 4, since spectators are not allowed due to the pandemic!

About the Author:

Local 4 meteorologist Paul Gross was born in Detroit and has spent his entire life and career right here in southeast Michigan. Paul has researched, written and produced eight half-hour documentaries for WDIV, as well as many science, historical and environmental stories.