Metro Detroit weather: Gradual thawing under Saturday clouds

Highs in the middle 30s

Saturday, Jan. 2, 2020 weather forecast

DETROIT – Welcome to the first Saturday of 2021, Motown!

The first full weekend of the new year is here, and this first half remains dry despite clouds overhead. Snow re-appears late tonight and Sunday. Then, chilly but unremarkable weather is back much of next week, which is what we love in Detroit this time of year.

Saturday afternoon will be chilly and mostly cloudy. Any melting will be gradual with highs in the middle 30s. Overall, we’ll have good weather for cleaning up the most recent snowfall or storing decorations.

Sunset is at 5:13 p.m.

Saturday evening will be cloudy and colder. Temperatures return to the freezing mark, and people must watch out for re-freezing on roads and sidewalks.

A separate area of low pressure arrives from the south. As it expands, light snow spreads across the region, from Lenawee and Monroe counties northward over Detroit and through The Thumb by dawn. Conditions will be slick, again, outside the Detroit Pistons 3 p.m. basketball game against the Boston Celtics at Little Caesar’s Arena or the 7:30 p.m. Michigan men’s basketball game against Northwestern in Ann Arbor.

Sunday will be cloudy with light snow, especially in the morning and midday. One to two inches of new snow is possible. Highs will be in the middle 30s.

Some sunshine returns, Monday and Tuesday, with seasonable conditions. Daytime temperatures will be in the middle 30s, and both days will be good for sledding if there’s enough snow on the hills. If not, maybe ice skating is the way to go whether it’s at Campus Martius or anywhere else. Just remember your mask as well as your winter coat, hat and gloves. Snow showers are possible Monday night into early Tuesday morning.

Wednesday and Thursday will be cloudier and chilly. Afternoon temperatures will be in the middle 30s.

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