Tracking western storm that’ll bring snow, rain to Metro Detroit this week

Mild Tuesday, Wednesday before storm hits

4Warn Weather – We have dry conditions for the most part this morning. The winds are trying to blow a few lake effect flakes from Lake Huron to our north, but we aren’t much concerned about that.

We are trying to break this cloud spell over Pure Michigan, and it just might work later today. The morning cloud cover will gradually drift apart, bringing that oh-so-important sunshine back into our skies, if only for a short while this afternoon.

Consider any sunshine before lunch today a bonus.

High temperatures will land in the upper 30s to low 40s on the cooler side east. Winds will move ENE at 5-12 mph, blowing off of the big lakes under a nice mix of sun and clouds.

We are still watching a powerful storm to our west slowly moving east across the country with rain and snow. It likely won’t land here in SE Lower Michigan and Southern Ontario for another day or two.

Tonight’s sunset is at 5:01 p.m.

Mostly dry Wednesday

Wednesday will be mostly dry again. More and more clouds will roll in here ahead of a strengthening storm still west of us.

Some computer model data hints at some light rain and snow possible on Wednesday, but the dry air here will fend off this first round for the most part. So, it’ll be mostly cloudy with temperatures in the upper 30s to lower 40s with a slight breeze picking up, moving ENE to ESE at 5-15 mph.

Storm hits Thursday

Thursday morning is the target for the onset of this storm here in Metro Detroit.

We’ll see mostly rain and isolated pockets of wet snow. We are going to see some locally heavy and steady rain, too, that could add up to about an inch of rain through the morning drive.

Temperatures in the upper 30s to near 40 degrees should produce more rain than frozen snow. Some of the rain will come down heavy at times, making for a mess of a commute early Thursday.

Keep that in the back of your mind, because this will be the wettest day of the week.

The rain will slow down and lighten up into the afternoon. Temps will be in the low and middle 40s with a bit of a breeze moving S at 10-17 mph.

Snow Friday into weekend

Cooler air moves in Friday, while most of the moisture is moving east of us. The cooler air over the Great Lakes with a bit of a breeze will start to produce pockets of lake effect snow Friday and into this weekend.

Some spotty snow showers are possible on Friday with cooling temperatures mainly in the middle 30s.

The weekend is all 20s and low 30s. West winds will drag lake effect snow bands across the state from time to time, which will be a much bigger problem across Western Michigan this weekend.

More snow possible next week

Some light snow is possible on Monday with a system approaching from the southwest. The computer models show another snowmaker moving in Wednesday of next week, which is the winter solstice or official start of winter.

It’s a bit far off to be fully confident, so stay tuned as we keep you ready to go for any and everything coming your way.

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