Metro Detroit weather update: Cold air is sticking around but you’ll only see light snow this weekend

More impactful snow comes Monday

The Michigan weather radar on Jan. 21, 2022. (WDIV)

DETROIT – Here is the Metro Detroit weather forecast update for Jan. 21, 2022, afternoon and evening.

Some snow this weekend

  • Light snow moves through Saturday, giving way to a light accumulation.
  • A dusting in the south zone, up to an inch in the north zone.
  • Few flakes can’t be ruled out Sunday, but little to no impact.

More snow early next week

  • The more impactful snow comes Monday, with a few flakes possibly lingering into Tuesday.
  • Morning drive looks dry, but snow moves in during the afternoon and evening.
  • We’ll get more snow with this system. 1″ to 3″ likely, with higher amounts in the north zone.

Staying cold

  • Things are going to stay cool for a while. The warmest we get is upper 20s on Monday.
  • Middle of next week we’ll be in the teens for highs.

Cold headlines

  • Coldest temperature in Detroit history (Jan. 21)
    • On Jan 21, 1984, we hit -21 degrees, marking the coldest temperature in Detroit history.
  • Coldest normal high of the year (Jan. 22)
    • Saturday is the coldest normal high that we see, at 31.8 degrees.
    • The National Weather Service likes to round up normals to whole numbers for climatological purposes, but when you look at the numbers down to tenths, the coldest is 31.8 degrees.
  • Coldest temperature in United States history (Jan. 23)
    • Sunday is the anniversary of the coldest temperature recorded in U.S. history.
    • Prospect Creek, Alaska, dropped to -80 degrees back on Jan 23, 1971.

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