Metro Detroit weather: Sunny Saturday becomes slippery later

Saturday highs in low 30s

Here is the weather forecast for Metro Detroit.

DETROITWelcome to Saturday afternoon, Motown.

Early afternoon sunshine gives way to cloudier skies and icier conditions creeping northward from Indiana and Ohio. Sleet and freezing drizzle are the main concern this evening and tonight, mainly before midnight. Afterward, temperatures continue to rise and it gradually becomes chilly and wet. Tomorrow will have falling temperatures. Following a cold blast early next week, we are back to seasonable temperatures.

A winter weather advisory has been issued for Southeast Michigan for 8 p.m. Saturday through 4 a.m. Sunday.

Saturday afternoon will go from mostly sunny to mostly cloudy. It will go from cold to chilly, with early afternoon temperatures in the 20s warming into the low and middle 30s in the late afternoon.

Today’s sunset is at 5:18 p.m.

As moisture rides over the cold air at the ground this afternoon, sleet and freezing rain are possible.

Slick weather will slowly migrate from Southwest to Northeast across Southeast Michigan. Starting in Lenawee and Monroe counties, scattered snowflakes and ice pellets will march across I-94, then I-696 and north toward I-69. People must be careful traveling because of icy patches on sidewalks, streets and highways.

Temperatures will hover near the freezing mark (32 degrees) late Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening.

Temperatures will rise slightly a few hours after sunset Saturday night as the region becomes entrenched in the warmer sector of this system. Temperatures will be in the middle 30s before midnight and afterward. Although it will be chilly, this does mean that scattered snow showers and sleet will turn into scattered rain during night-time hours.

You can view an interactive radar below.

Falling temperatures Sunday

Sunday will be chilly and wet in the morning. Temperatures will start in the middle and upper 30s, then fall to the 20s in the afternoon. It will be mostly cloudy all day.

The colder air at the end of the weekend is part of a cold blast that will grip Detroit and Southeastern Michigan at the beginning of next week.

Next week preview

Monday will be mostly cloudy to partly sunny and much colder. Morning temps will be in the low and middle teens. Afternoon temps will be near 20 degrees.

Tuesday will be mostly sunny, but it won’t increase daytime temperatures much. It will be colder than average, again, with highs just above 20 degrees.

Wednesday will be mostly cloudy and not as cold. Highs will be in the middle 30s.

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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."