Storm brings Thursday rain, then light snow moves into Metro Detroit this weekend

Rain Thursday, then snow possible Friday

4Warn WeatherGood Thursday afternoon!

The big band of rain arrived overnight right on schedule, along with wind gusts around 40 mph in spots. But all of that is gone, and even the wind is quickly subsiding. 

We’ll see lots of clouds with a few breaks through the afternoon, and highs in the low-to-mid 40s. Thursday is our last mild day for a while.

While a few spotty showers are possible this afternoon due to the approaching front, more of the day ahead will be dry than wet once the early morning rain moves out. We may even see some cracks of sun this afternoon, and the wind will diminish steadily through the day.

Tonight’s sunset is at 5:02 p.m. (Did you notice that our sunset is one minute later than it was earlier in the week? While sunrises will still get earlier over the next week or so, we are now at the point where we’ll (very slowly at first) start seeing increasing late afternoon daylight.)

Thursday night will be mostly cloudy with lows in the low 30s. A southwest wind will move at 5-10 mph.

Light snow possible Friday

It’ll be mostly cloudy on Friday with highs in the upper 30s. Scattered light snow showers are possible late in the day.

Friday night will be mostly cloudy with scattered light snow showers possible. Lows will be in the mid-20s.

Weekend preview

The weekend looks cloudy but dry. There could be a flurry or very light snow shower at times, but they would have no impact.

Highs will be in the low 30s, but it’ll be a bit breezy, which will put afternoon wind chills around 20 degrees.

White Christmas outlook

Today’s long-range computer models give us hope!

It appears that a significant storm system will cross the Midwest on Thursday, and it’ll have a lot of moisture and a lot of cold air with it. Obviously, the devil is in the details -- which will change quite a bit over the next few days -- but it looks possible that we’ll get some accumulating snow. And, should that snow materialize, it would be cold enough to keep that snow here through Christmas!

Of course, holiday travel could be impacted as well ... that’s the negative side. I am also getting quite confident that a bitter cold Arctic airmass will settle in for Christmas weekend (that hot chocolate and fireplace are sounding pretty good right now).

Stay tuned -- I’ll be watching this carefully as we get closer!

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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.