Metro Detroit weather: Some snow showers, but otherwise quiet

Here’s this week’s weather forecast, plus a longer range outlook

DETROIT – Last week I told you not to expect any big storms this week.

And not only will we not see any this week, but it now appears we won’t most of next week, either.

So if you like your winter weather quiet, then the next ten days are right up your alley. But if you’re a kid looking to play in the snow, the news isn’t so good.

On the bright side, it’ll be cold enough at night for our ski/snowboarding resorts to make snow, and daytime conditions will be terrific!

Tuesday forecast

Our Tuesday begins with a very weak trough of low pressure crossing the state. A trough is just a line of lower pressure -- sort of a cold front that didn’t graduate from cold front school. Winds associated with it are weak so, even though wind at the trough shift from south to northwest, those winds just don’t converge strongly enough to force upward motion in the atmosphere. Put simply, it’s not robust enough to generate significant precipitation.

Yes, there will be some snow showers, but I don’t expect any accumulation and, even if some robust snow showers were to materialize, they would only produce a dusting.

Temperatures today won’t rise much, just into the mid 30s (2 degrees Celsius), but that’s still above our average high of 32 degrees (0 degrees Celsius). The light south wind will shift to the northwest after the trough passes by, at 4 to 8 mph.

Today’s sunrise is at 8:02 a.m., and today’s sunset is at 5:16 p.m.

Mostly cloudy Tuesday night, with lows in the upper 20s (-2 degrees Celsius). Northwest wind at 4 to 8 mph.

Wednesday through Friday forecast

Wednesday through Friday all appear mostly cloudy, but dry. Highs will be in the mid 30s (2 degrees Celsius) Wednesday and Thursday, and in the low to mid 30s (0 to 1 degree Celsius) on Friday. Overnight lows will be in the mid to upper 20s (-3 to -2 degrees Celsius).

Becoming partly cloudy Friday night, and less cloud cover means that temperatures will drop farther, into the low 20s (-6 degrees Celsius) by Saturday morning.

Weekend outlook

Saturday should end up partly cloudy -- this likely will be the day with the most sunshine this week, and boy do we need that sunshine. Highs in the low to mid 30s (0 to 1 degree Celsius).

Partly cloudy Saturday night, with lows in the low 20s (-6 degrees Celsius).

Mostly cloudy on Sunday, with highs in the mid 30s (1 degree Celsius).

Longer range outlook

Last week, I also told you to expect a transition to a colder overall weather pattern by the middle of the month, and that still appears to be on track. At this point, plan on a colder second half of the month than the first half.

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