DETROIT – Good Thursday morning!
Rain moved into Metro Detroit late last night and early this morning, and some of those spotty downpours are still alive this Thursday morning. It’s all rain with no concern for snow or ice due to the mild air still in place -- it’s mainly in the 50s to low 60s as we get going today.
Showers will be more of a nuisance for the first part of the morning drive, which will be slower and slippery until 8 a.m. You’ll only need the umbrella and windshield wipers this morning, as the rain will be tapering off by sunrise.
Keep a good windbreaker handy today, as gusty winds are in store for us today. Batten down the hatches, which is to say, do what you can before you leave home to make sure nothing gets blown away. The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for all of Metro Detroit until 2 p.m. today.
Today’s sunrise is at 7:18 a.m.
Peak wind gusts will occur between 6 a.m. and noon. Those gusts will reach 40-50 mph, causing tricky travel and sporadic power outages, as weakened tree limbs and power lines could be impacted. It’s always a good idea to keep your phones, laptops and devices fully charged just in case.
After some morning rain showers in mild temps, we will not see normal warming through the day. Highs will have already been hit earlier in the morning.
A cold front will bring gusty winds, rain showers and the cooler air, leading to temps in the upper 40s by the end of the afternoon. Skies will stay mostly cloudy all day with some patches of blue. Winds moving SW at 15-25 mph will still be gusting to 20-35 mph at times even after the wind advisory expires at 2 p.m.
Today’s sunset is at 7:58 p.m.
There’s another cold front that will blow through SE Lower Michigan and Southern Ontario later tonight and overnight, bringing back a quick reminder that we are not that far removed from winter.
Snowy Friday morning
We will see scattered snow showers early Friday morning, and we could see a light dusting of snow on grassy surfaces before sunrise -- creating yet another slippery morning commute. Metro Detroit seems to be a target this week for nuisance and disruptive weather during our morning commutes.
Most of your Friday will be on the dry side with morning temps near freezing, and afternoon highs only in the mid-40s. Conditions will be breezy with winds moving W at 7-17 mph, gusting to 20-30 mph at times.
Some rain this weekend
Saturday will have a chilly start with morning temps mainly in the upper 20s and wind chills in the teens. Most of Saturday looks dry until the evening hours.
We should expect partly sunny skies and highs near 50 degrees before some light rain chances Saturday evening. This will likely linger into early Sunday, and some light snow may mix in with temps falling into the mid-30s.
Sunday shower chances are on the light side, with spotty rain in the late morning and early afternoon before we dry for the bulk of the afternoon. Highs will reach for the mid-50s.
Warm up next week
Temperatures will gradually warm next week from the mid-50s Monday and Tuesday, to possibly the 60s on Wednesday.
Spring shower chances exist, too, especially late Monday and early Tuesday, and again Wednesday afternoon or evening.
Stay tuned, because our computer model data also hints at some cold air returning for the end of the week next week, which means we may not be done with the snow.
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