Monitoring light snow this weekend in Metro Detroit ahead of snowy holiday week

No accumulation expected over the weekend

4Warn WeatherHappy Friday!

We are now transitioning into a colder temperature regime that will bring periodic snow showers (and possibly a few rain drops) across the area today under cloudy skies.

Today’s sunrise is at 7:56 a.m.

Temperatures should remain in the mid-to-upper 30s today with a southwest wind moving at 8 -13 mph.

Tonight’s sunset is at 5:02 p.m.

Scattered snow showers will continue Friday night, with lows in the mid-20s. A southwest wind will blow at 8-13 mph.

Good, cold shopping weekend

Hanukkah begins Sunday night, and Christmas is next weekend -- so, if you haven’t started your shopping yet, Mother Nature will cooperate this weekend.

While it will be cloudy and colder, with highs in the low 30s, any flurries or snow showers we get shouldn’t have any impact.

Essentially, it will look and feel like typical December weather this weekend.

One thing to note: It’ll be a tad breezy both afternoons, so wind chills should average around 20 degrees. If you are heading to a family Hanukkah party Sunday evening, it remains dry, so no worries there (save a few latkes for me!). OK, more than a few. And with some sour cream. Happy Hanukkah!

Hanukkah, Christmas week forecast

Monday: Mostly cloudy (perhaps becoming partly cloudy) and dry, but continued breezy with highs in the low 30s.

Tuesday: Breezy with a few snow showers possible as a cold front crosses the area. Highs in the low-to-mid 30s. While this front won’t be terribly impactful from a snow standpoint, it will usher in an Arctic airmass -- and that’s an important player for the late-week forecast you’ll read below.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy and colder, with highs in the mid-20s.

Thursday: For the second day in a row, the European computer model is tracking a storm eastward across central Indiana and Ohio, and predicts several inches of snow on Thursday. Meanwhile, the American model takes that storm much farther south, and it only just grazes us.

Right now, I’m favoring the more consistent European model -- which, while it gives us the white Christmas we’d all love to have, it will also create big travel problems across the entire northeast quarter of the nation (it’s a big storm). Stay tuned.

Regardless of the storm’s track, highs will remain in the mid-20s and it’ll be breezy.

Friday: Snow showers are likely, and it’ll be windy. Highs will be in the low 20s. That hot chocolate and roaring fire in the fireplace are sounding really enticing right now.

Christmas Eve (Saturday): Mostly cloudy and breezy with the chance for some snow showers. Highs in the low 20s.

Christmas Day (Sunday): Partly cloudy (hopefully), with highs in the low-to-mid 20s.

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.