Metro Detroit weather: Some hope for Mother’s Day?

Wednesday highs in upper 50s

Here is the weather forecast for Metro Detroit.
Here is the weather forecast for Metro Detroit.

DETROITHappy Wednesday!

We’ve now settled into a cooler temperature regime, and also settled into an unsettled pattern. However, as you’ll read below, there may be some hope for Mother’s Day. First, let’s get you out the door on our Wednesday morning.

Today’s sunrise was at 6:23 a.m.

We’ll have lots of clouds around Wednesday morning, but a few breaks of sun are possible. Temps will rise into the low 50s by lunchtime, and to a high temperature this afternoon in the upper 50s. Clearing skies from west to east will give us some late-day sunshine, with those in the West Zone getting that sooner than those farther east. Northwest wind today should blow at 8 to 13 mph, adding a bit of chill to the air if you’ll be outside for an extended period of time.

Wednesday’s sunset is at 8:37 p.m.

After mostly clear skies Wednesday evening, clouds will increase once again. Lows will be in the low 40s.

Finishing out the week

Thursday will be mostly cloudy to start, then it will become cloudy with rain developing in the afternoon. Highs will be in the mid to upper 50s. Rain is likely Thursday evening and should end around midnight, followed by at least partial clearing. Lows will dip into the upper 30s.

Any sunshine to start on Friday will be replaced by increasing clouds and numerous convective showers popping up Friday afternoon. One interesting feature about the Friday afternoon showers is that the air aloft will be quite cold. In fact, the air will be below freezing just 5000 feet above the ground. So, the most robust showers could have some pea size hail! Don’t worry, this is not a severe weather risk -- just routine showers with small hail possible due to very cold temps up above.

Friday highs will be in the mid to upper 50s. Skies will clear rapidly Friday night, with lows in the mid 30s -- which means that some frost is possible in our coldest rural areas.

Weekend update

We’ll start our Saturday with lots of sunshine, then skies become partly cloudy during the afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 50s to near 60 degrees. Saturday night will be partly cloudy with lows near 40 degrees.

The computer models have shifted the Sunday storm track farther south, which takes the next storm system farther south as well. Based upon all of the model output I’m seeing early Wednesday, I’m getting increasingly confident about pulling the rain chances out of the Sunday forecast.

The highest chance to remain dry is the farther north you are, while those near the state line have the best chance of perhaps getting some raindrops. This is still a difficult forecast, and the models could change again. However, this shift is pretty consistent among all of the models, so I think many of us could get a dry Mother’s Day!

Sunday highs will be in the upper 50s, but we’ll take that as long as it’s dry. Stay tuned!

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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.