Weather: Colder than average Saturday with up to 3 inches of snow possible

Highs in the low 20s, 1 to 3 inches of snow

Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021 weather forecast
Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021 weather forecast

DETROIT – Welcome to Saturday, Motown.

Snow returns for the first of this weekend. A bit of sun returns, Sunday. It will be much colder than average, again, all weekend long. More accumulating snow is in our forecast early next week with a big East Coast storm.

Saturday morning will be very cold with snow arriving a few hours before dawn. Flurries and light snow begin around 4 a.m. as morning low temperatures start in the low and middle teens. Wind chills will be in the single digits and near zero.

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Snow will be scattered as it continues to fall at breakfast time and toward the lunch hour. It will be light to moderate at times. Temperatures remain well below freezing; in the upper teens. Gentle accumulations, up to one inch or more, will be common across the region. Snowflakes will be sticking to sidewalks and streets.

Last minute Valentine’s Day shoppers will need an early start to finish finding cards and gifts early to avoid more accumulation, but do not rush. Ramps, bridges and overpasses will be, especially, tricky but not impossible to navigate. Be careful walking, too, because we do not want any slip-and-falls.

Saturday afternoon will be cold and snowy at times. Falling and blowing snow will make it tough to see. So, watch your speeds and spacing while driving. Stay alert for pedestrians and salt trucks a wide berth, as well. Another inch is possible by the afternoon.

Snow totals from today’s snow will generally be 1 to 2 inches with some areas along I-94 and south of M-59 receiving as much as 3 inches by the end of this evening.

Snow showers wind down Saturday evening. We still need to dress in layers with temperatures returning to the teens.

Saturday night will be mostly to partly cloudy and frigid. Overnight lows will be in the single digits with wind chills near or below zero.

Please, keep practicing your keep-warm habits. Do not use stoves or ovens to keep warm. Move all space heaters away from anything flammable.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Sunday. It’s a great day to snuggle-up with your sweetie or spend time with family. It will be partly sunny and cold. Afternoon temperatures will be in the low 20s; ten to fifteen degrees below average highs.

Brief snow showers return, Sunday night and Presidents’ Day, Monday. An inch of snow is possible, Monday, with snow falling mainly in the morning. Daytime temperatures will be in the middle and upper teens. Another day to dress in layers if you’re going sledding or doing anything else outdoors.

A separate large storms running along the Appalachians will be big enough to bring more snow, Monday night and Tuesday. Well more than 1 inch of snow is possible, but it is too early to tell what exact accumulations will be. That said, do not be surprised to grab your snow shovels, again, by Tuesday evening or Wednesday. Tuesday’s highs will be near 20 degrees.

Wednesday will be partly sunny and cold with highs in the low 20s after morning lows in the single digits.

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About the Author:

Andrew Humphrey is an Emmy Award winning meteorologist, and also an AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM). He has a BSE in Meteorology from the University of Michigan and an MS in Meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he wrote his thesis on "The Behavior of the Total Mass of the Atmosphere."