More big wind, rain heading for SE Michigan to kick off the weekend

Showers expected to develop late Friday night

DETROITHappy Friday!

Winds are slowly increasing, and are now blowing from the south at 10-15 mph with gusts between 20-25 mph in spots.  Fortunately, a patch of less cloud cover is passing over the area this midday, and the south winds combined with that sunshine will push temperatures into the mid-to-upper-40s this afternoon.

The daylight hours should be dry with mainly cloudy skies.

Some computer models actually try to stir up a stray afternoon shower, but I’ve looked at model upper-air projections, and I think the atmosphere will be way too dry for any precipitation to reach the surface. All of this to say: I think we’ll stay dry today.

Afternoon temperatures will rise into the mid-40s.

Temperatures will actually keep rising through the evening and into the upper 40s to near 50, where they will remain until late at night.

Today’s sunset is at 5:02 p.m.

Scattered showers will eventually develop Friday night, and the wind will keep increasing. Gusts could reach between 40-50 mph late at night, as the second potent cold front in three days crosses the area.

Rain Saturday morning

Just like this past Wednesday morning, there will be a tremendous temperature difference ahead of and behind the front: For example, I project that at 5 a.m. Saturday, the temperature in Detroit will probably be not far from 50 degrees, while a wind chill in Howell will be in the low 20s. That’s some serious weather whiplash!

So, plan on temperatures in the low-to-mid-30s during the day on Saturday, with wind chills in the 20s. The front will take the rain with it and, after 7 a.m. or so, the remainder of the day will be dry with some sunshine eventually developing.

Wind gusts above 40 mph will be possible through the mid-afternoon.

Fortunately, not only will it be dry for Noel Night, but winds will decrease through the evening. So, if you are heading down to Detroit’s Cultural Center to take part in this wonderful Downtown Detroit tradition, plan on wind chills in the low 20s. You can handle that, just dress accordingly!

The rest of Saturday night will be mostly clear to partly cloudy.

Mostly sunny Sunday

Lows early Sunday morning will be in the low-20s. Then the day will be mostly sunny and a bit breezy, with highs in the upper 30s. Not bad for December tailgating at the Lions game!

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About the Author:

Local 4 meteorologist Paul Gross was born in Detroit and has spent his entire life and career right here in southeast Michigan. Paul has researched, written and produced eight half-hour documentaries for WDIV, as well as many science, historical and environmental stories.