Metro Detroit weather: Freezing conditions follow light snow

Freeze warning issued for overnight Wednesday

As for the day ahead, we’ll have partly cloudy skies, then perhaps will become mostly cloudy for a few hours Wednesday afternoon. Aside from some possible snow showers near Lake Huron, the rest of us will have a dry day. Highs only in the mid 40s will be compounded by a northwest wind at 10 to 15 mph, which will keep wind chills in the mid 30s. And it’ll be even cooler in the Thumb.

Happy Wednesday!

Snow totals from Tuesday night align almost perfectly with my expectations yesterday -- the only thing that surprised me was the resilience of the warm pavement. I did not see any snow accumulation on pavement myself, though I did see some slush near the freeway.

Some Tuesday snow totals

Tuesday night’s snowfall essentially followed the script. Here are the early morning snowfall reports received so far:

  • Wyandotte: 4.2″
  • Metro Airport: 3.3″
  • Manchester: 1.5″
  • Farmington Hills: 1.0″
  • White Lake: 0.4″

Today’s forecast

As for the day ahead, we’ll have partly cloudy skies, then perhaps will become mostly cloudy for a few hours Wednesday afternoon. Aside from some possible snow showers near Lake Huron, the rest of us will have a dry day. Highs only in the mid 40s will be compounded by a northwest wind at 10 to 15 mph, which will keep wind chills in the mid 30s. And it’ll be even cooler in the Thumb.

Wednesday’s sunset is at 8:22 p.m.

It will become mostly clear Wednesday night, and temperatures will drop well below freezing, posing a danger to the way-too-early green-up that took place as you and I enjoyed those unusually warm temperatures this spring. Accordingly, the National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for the overnight hours for our region.

Lows will be in the mid to upper 20s.

For the rest of the week...

It will be partly cloudy on Thursday, with temperatures recovering into the low to mid 50s, although it’ll be noticeably breezy. Mostly clear Thursday night, with lows in the mid 30s.

Friday will be partly cloudy, with highs back to our average high in the low 60s. It will be mostly cloudy Friday night, with lows in the mid 40s.

Weekend update

We’ll hopefully start Saturday dry, so if you’re a jogger, plan on getting out in the morning. Rain will develop and highs will be in the upper 50s. Rain is likely Saturday night, with lows near 40 degrees.

Sunday starts cloudy, then the clouds move out and we should be mostly sunny by the afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

And in even better news: It appears that temps in the 70s will return on a couple of days next week!

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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.