Metro Detroit weather: Sunny Thursday start with 2-4 inches of snowfall later

Snowstorm begins around 7 p.m. Thursday

Here is the weather forecast for Metro Detroit.

DETROITGood Thursday afternoon!

Enjoy that free vitamin D as it fades away this afternoon.

We expect cloud cover to increase and thicken around 2 p.m. ahead of a snow storm moving our way from the Southwest. We won’t see any flakes during daylight hours, but we won’t see much sunshine beyond 3 p.m.

High temperatures will settle around 30 degrees Thursday afternoon -- and you know we’d be well into the 30s if not for those darn clouds. The winds will move ENE at 5-12 mph, keeping eastsiders a degree or two cooler with the winds a bit more sharp off of those open lakes.

Anyone driving southwest of Metro Detroit today should know there’s a risk for some freezing rain, sleet and snow into the afternoon into parts of Indiana and Ohio, making for some tricky travel. Anytime you get ice it’s bad, and then throw some accumulating snow on top of that and you have a mess late today through the night.

Today’s sunset is at 6:17 p.m.

Then, the snow

Snow will be moving in from the southwest into our South Zone, south of I-94, by 7 p.m. or even a touch earlier. Then, those snow showers will move right into the heart of Metro Detroit later tonight and overnight, and that snow should be going pretty steady for several hours.

This will be a wet and heavy snow coming into cold air, which should make it a little less dense and capable of stacking up to 2-4 inches by sunrise Friday. Most of Metro Detroit will probably see 2-3 inches of snow, with 4-5 inches of snow possible in spots that see repeated, heavier snow bands. The heavier snow totals will be the exception and not the rule.

Local 4Caster Brandon Roux displays anticipated snow totals for Metro Detroit (using the GFS computer model) by 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 25, 2022. (WDIV)

Drying out Friday

Friday afternoon will be cloudy to mostly cloudy and drying out. The cold will stick like the snow, as we go from low 20s in the morning to mid and upper 20s through the afternoon.

Skies will stay mostly cloudy to partly sunny, with more cold air locked in place over the Great Lakes region. As skies clear a bit Friday night and early Saturday, temps will tumble down into the lower teens first thing Saturday.

Chilly, sunny weekend

The weekend starts chilly with teens early Saturday and then highs in the lower 30s under a nice mix of sun and clouds.

We’ll see low 20s to mid 30s Sunday under partly sunny skies. We’ve removed snowfall from the forecast Sunday as a dry, cold front moves through here. The snow will likely be east of Metro Detroit, meaning some light snow is possible in Southern Ontario -- but it’s not much.

Temps will be up and down next week, but we will gradually warm into the 40s by the end of the week.

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