Metro Detroit weather: Cold Saturday with scattered snow

Trace to an inch of snow accumulation possible by end of afternoon

Here is the weather forecast for Metro Detroit.

DETROITGood Saturday afternoon!

A trough of low pressure brings a chance of scattered flurries and light snow today, with the first snowflakes falling this morning. Travel will not be impossible today, just bundle up and factor in extra time to get around.

Temperatures will not rise above freezing for a week, so any flakes that fall will stick around for a while.

Saturday midday and afternoon will have scattered snow showers that gradually dissipate by late afternoon. It remains mostly cloudy with cold conditions. Highs will be in the middle and upper 20s.

By the end of the afternoon, a trace to an inch of snow will possibly accumulate. Up to a half inch is possible from Detroit to Ann Arbor southward. Neighborhoods north of 8 Mile Road may get a half inch to an inch of snow. The powdery flakes will be easy to brush away. Travel will not be impossible. Families and individuals will have to keep using their safe-driving skills.

Today’s sunset is at 5:36 p.m.

Saturday evening will be mostly cloudy and colder. Temperatures will be in the teens and low 20s.

Saturday night will be mostly cloudy and frigid. Overnight lows will be in the low teens.

Cold Sunday, snow Monday

Sunday will start with pre-dawn snow showers that will not amount to much. After breakfast, it becomes mostly cloudy and very cold. Afternoon temperatures will be in the low 20s to near 25 degrees.

A new area of low pressure will arrive Monday. This system will have a better chance of more persistent and heavier snow.

Snow showers will arrive and develop by late Monday morning, and they will last through much of Monday afternoon. Highs will be in the low and middle 20s.

Monday’s projected snowfall amounts to 1-4 inches of new snow by Monday evening. Up to 2 inches is more likely in neighborhoods from Ann Arbor to Detroit and Southward. For those north of 8 Mile Road, and for communities closer to M-59to the Thumb, 2-4 inches of snow is possible.

Next week preview

Tuesday will be mostly cloudy with scattered flurries. Highs will be in the low 20s.

Wednesday and Thursday will be brighter and colder than average. Highs will be in the low 20s and lows will be in the single digits and teens, with wind chills below zero -- especially at night and in the early morning.

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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."