Metro Detroit weather: Frigid Friday with 60s this weekend

Warm weekend with accumulating snow possible early next week

Here is the weather forecast for Metro Detroit.

DETROITGood Friday morning!

Cold air is going to move out today, but we are stuck in the cool pool of air this Friday morning, making it the coldest morning of the week.

Temperatures are in the middle teens to near 20 degrees under partly cloudy skies. We are lucky the winds are on the light side, because it’s dangerously cold without a biting wind. So, you may see a little ice or frost on the windshield as you warm up the car, and you’ll want the full winter garb as you head out.

The roads are in good shape, other than our worsening pothole problems caused by our consistent freeze and thaw conditions. They will get worse before they get better.

Have a great Friday and a great weekend.

Today’s sunrise was at 7:04 a.m.

Cloud cover acts as a blanket of insolation during the cold nights, keeping temps from taking a deep and cold dive. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough cloud cover overnight, so our morning temps are bitter cold.

Mother Nature’s timing is terrible today. Clouds will be rolling in, but well after sunrise this morning.

Skies will become partly sunny throughout the late morning into our Friday afternoon, with high temps flirting with 40 degrees. That would warm us near our climatological average for early March, and that is just fine after highs struggled to warm past freezing on Thursday.

Winds will be light today, from the SSE moving at 5-10 mph. The air will be coming off of the big lakes, keeping east siders a touch cooler in the mid-to-upper 30s today.

It will be a dry day Friday and mild to warm air is moving in tonight.

Today’s sunset is at 6:27 p.m.

Spring-like weekend

That warmer air will be a thing of beauty here in Pure Michigan this weekend.

The cloud cover will be the variable for high temps Saturday: With mostly cloudy skies, computer model data has our afternoon highs in the mid-50s or warmer. With a little less cloud cover, which is possible, we very well may be in upper 50s to near 60 degrees for the first half of the weekend.

Saturday is the day to get out and enjoy an early taste of spring a couple of weeks ahead of schedule: The Vernal Equinox is the official start of spring, and that takes place at 11:33 a.m. March 20, 2022.

The winds are going to be on the light side Saturday, moving SSE at 5-13 mph. We should get some filtered afternoon sun before the clouds thicken Saturday night.

Rain arrives early Sunday morning before sunrise, and it will likely be wet through the lunch hour. Then, we’ll see some sun and enjoy a few hours of temps in the 60s.

We will be near record high temps both Saturday and Sunday, if the forecast holds true to form. In addition to morning rain, winds will be a big part of our Sunday story, moving SW at 15-30 mph. Winds will be gusting to 40-50 mph at times, which has us watching for sporadic power outages and some challenges driving.

Next week preview

We’ll have more rain on Monday, and colder air will be right on the heels of our Sunday 60s. So, Monday rain will become a wintry mix late in the day, with steady snow possible Monday night into early Tuesday.

It’s still four or five days away, but the snow computer models show the possibility of accumulating snow into early Tuesday so stay tuned, as snow models are hinting at 1-3 inches by Tuesday morning. Again, it is still technically winter for another couple of weeks.

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