Metro Detroit weather: Winds of change are blowing

Metro Detroit weather: Winds of change are blowing, March 11, 2021, noon update
Metro Detroit weather: Winds of change are blowing, March 11, 2021, noon update

DETROIT – It’s been a windy night -- there have even been some gusts to around 40 mph.

So if last night was your night to put out the garbage cans, you may not own garbage cans this morning (or, perhaps you now own somebody else’s).

The highest gusts today -- meaning the best chance for more numerous gusts above 40 mph…will be north of I-69, so the National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory until 4:00 p.m. for Sanilac County and points northward.

On the bright side, those strong winds are blowing from the south-southwest, which continues to feed in warm air -- most of us are starting the day in the upper 50s to near 60 degrees (15 to 16 degrees Celsius)!

The notable exception being you poor folks immediately north of the very cold waters of Lakes Erie and St. Clair. Grosse Ile, for example, is only in the upper 40s (9 degrees Celsius) early this morning.

We are starting the day dry, but a line of showers and possibly even a few gusty thunderstorms will cross the area late-morning into the early afternoon as a cold front swings through. Skies behind the front will immediately clear, so we’ll finish the day mostly sunny. Highs should reach the low to mid 60s (17 to 18 degrees Celsius), and then start falling rapidly by late-afternoon.

Today’s sunrise is at 6:52 a.m., and today’s sunset is at 6:36 p.m.

Clear skies Thursday night, with lows in the low 30s (0 degrees Celsius). Wind should lighten to 7 to 12 mph from the west.

Mostly sunny, breezy and cooler on Friday, with highs in the low to mid 50s (11 to 12 degrees Celsius).

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

Mostly sunny and still cooler on Saturday, with highs in the mid 40s (8 degrees Celsius).

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

Partly cloudy on Sunday, with highs in the upper 40s (9 degrees Celsius).

Daylight Saving Time

Don’t forget that we return to Daylight Saving Time this weekend. Set your clocks AHEAD one hour (“spring forward”) before you go to bed Saturday night so you’re not an hour late for whatever you have planned Sunday morning.

By the way, your smart phone will automatically change its time, but you’ll have to do it for the alarm clock, microwave clock, etc. Yes, we lose an hour of sleep, but we also gain an extra hour of evening daylight to enjoy!

Interesting Detroit weather trivia

On this date in 1946, it snowed. Now, that’s ordinarily no big deal in March. However, that year, it was our last snowfall of the spring! And thus, March 11, 1946 is Detroit’s record for the earliest last snowfall of the season! It is also the year that Brandon Roux was born.

Well, not really. But March 11 IS his birthday. Happy Birthday, Brandon!

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.