Dense fog, then rain, snow chances to end week in Metro Detroit: What to know

Dense fog advisory in effect until 10 a.m.

4Warn WeatherGood Thursday morning!

We’ve seen a few showers early this Thursday morning on Exact Track 4D Radar as our plague of clouds continues. Some of our roadways may be a little damp as you head out.

Most of Metro Detroit is dry. Temperatures are starting in the upper 30s, where they’ve been all night long.

The winds are light and all of this moisture moving through is creating fog in spots around town. The National Weather Service placed Metro Detroit in a dense fog advisory until 10 a.m., which means visibilities will be a quarter of a mile or less for stretches, making travel trickier.

Today’s sunrise is at 8:01 a.m.

We have been eyeing Thursday storm chances for days as we continue to track weather systems slamming the west coast.

Today’s storm is moving through the middle of the country, and we are on the very northern fringe of this diverse system. The warm sector and severe weather threats will be well south of us, but the exact positioning of this storm will determine what we see later this afternoon.

Highs should shoot up into the lower 40s in the early afternoon. We’ll have cloudy skies and rain chances near the Ohio border by lunchtime.

Right now, it looks like we will see a glancing blow of rain after 2 p.m. and mainly on the east side of I-275. Areas farther west and north of M-59 may see next to nothing. If this system tracks even farther south and east, we all may end up with next to nothing.

The winds will be picking up, moving NE to NW at 5-15 mph, gusting to 20-25 mph at times.

Tonight’s sunset is at 5:23 p.m.

Rain changes to light snow

The rain will change to snow Thursday evening with whatever moisture is leftover as the cooler air slides in from the north.

All week, the computer models were calling for a dusting to a couple of inches of snow, but that doesn’t look to be the case anymore. That snow threat will be primarily on the extreme east side of Metro Detroit into Southern Ontario late Thursday into Friday morning.

Windy Friday

Cool air will be the trend on Friday with lower 30s feeling much cooler. Winds will crank NW at 10-20 mph. That wind will steer a few lake effect snow showers from Lake Michigan, although it doesn’t look like anything more than some flurries and light snow showers here and there.

Mild weekend ahead

Saturday will be cool but very close to our climatological average, and the brighter of the two weekend days. Lows may start closer to 20 degrees with highs in the lower to middle 30s. Skies will be mostly sunny.

Sunday will bring an increase in clouds with highs of 35-40 degrees into the afternoon.

MLK Jr. Day is our next chance at wet weather, and it will likely be rain with highs getting back into the low 40s. So, expect rain late Monday into Tuesday of next week.

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