Metro Detroit weather: Gray skies Thursday ahead of snowy New Year start

Thursday highs in upper 30s

Here is the weather forecast for Metro Detroit.

DETROITHappy Thursday and Nia (”Purpose”), the fifth day of Kwanzaa.

Thursday afternoon will be cloudy and chilly. Highs will be above average by up to five degrees, in the middle and upper 30s.

Today’s sunset is at 5:09 p.m.

Thursday evening will be cloudy and chilly with steady temps in the middle and upper 30s.

Thursday night will be mostly cloudy and chilly with overnight lows in the middle 30s.

Mild New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve on Friday will feature the return of relatively milder air. Afternoon temperatures will rise to the middle 40s, with a mixture of clouds and sunshine during the day.

Friday night will be cloudier with temperatures in the middle 30s when the clock strikes midnight. Shortly afterward, a rain/snow mix will fall into the first hours of the new year.

More: Tracking potential snow for the weekend

Snowy start to 2022

Happy New Year, Saturday. A new winter storm will arrive.

Rain and snow will fall first, with rain or a rain/snow mix more likely south of I-94. Snow will become more likely for all of Southeast Michigan by midday and during the afternoon and early evening.

Accumulation prediction

The preliminary snowfall forecast for the region includes up to 2 inches of snow south of I-94; 1-3 inches for communities along I-94 north to M-59 and Southern Livingston County; and 3-6 inches north or M-59 and in Central and Northern Livingston County. Remember, this is preliminary and may change once the storm forms and approaches Southeast Michigan.

Saturday highs will be in the upper 30s.

Staying chilly

Sunday will be mostly cloudy and much colder. Morning temps will start in the teens and low 20s. Afternoon temps will only be in the upper 20s. Scattered flurries are possible.

The first Monday and Tuesday of 2022 will be sunnier and seasonably chilly. Daytime temperatures will be between 30 and 35 degrees each day.

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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."