Metro Detroit weather: More cold, fewer snowflakes

Some snow possible this weekend

DETROIT – It’s another cold start to the day, with temperatures well down into the single digits (-16 to -13 degrees Celsius), and some of our coldest rural locations even a little below zero (-19 degrees Celsius).

Fortunately, there’s no wind out there, so no wind chill to talk about.

We’ll get at least partial sunshine for a while this morning, but clouds will be on the increase as a storm system moves eastward well south of the state.

As it slides by, some light snow may develop by afternoon generally along and south of I-94, but I don’t expect much accumulation. Farther north, it’ll be mainly dry, and areas north of M-59/Highland Road/Hall Road will hang onto the sunshine the longest today.

Temperatures this afternoon should top out around 20 degrees (-7 degrees Celsius), with wind remaining very light.

Today’s sunrise is at 7:36 a.m., and today’s sunset is at 6:00 p.m. Yes, the sun is setting about an hour later than it did just one month ago!

Becoming partly cloudy Wednesday night, with lows again in the single digits (-14 degrees Celsius), with colder temps in our coldest rural areas farther away from the Urban Heat Island. Northwest wind at 2 to 5 mph.

Thursday, Friday forecast

Thursday begins with some sunshine, but clouds should increase during the day. Highs in the low 20s (-6 degrees Celsius).

Cloudy Thursday night, with a bit of light snow possible. At this point, I don’t expect much accumulation from this snow, either. Lows in the low teens (-11 degrees Celsius).

Mostly cloudy on Friday, with highs in the low to mid 20s (-5 degrees Celsius).

Mostly cloudy Friday night, with lows in the mid teens (-4 degrees Celsius).

Valentine’s weekend outlook

It still appears that some snow will develop Saturday, and continue into Saturday night. This isn’t a massive snowstorm -- it appears that a fluffy couple of inches is possible, but the computer models are not in agreement yet, so stay tuned.

Here is the weather forecast for Detroit.

Highs Saturday in the low 20s (-6 degrees Celsius), and lows Saturday night back into the single digits (-14 to -13 degrees Celsius) as another batch of Arctic air surges in.

Valentine’s Day looks mostly cloudy and cold, with highs in the upper teens (-8 degrees Celsius).

Looking ahead to next week

Next week’s biggest weather feature (for us) appears to be on Tuesday, when a more reasonable storm system potentially comes our way. The GFS model completely misses us, while the ECMWF model gives us a solid accumulating snow. We’ll see!

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.