Back to reality with big weather changes Thursday

Wind advisory issued for Thursday, rain changes to snow

By Paul Gross - Meteorologist
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DETROIT - I have several concerns about our weather overnight and its impact on your Thursday morning. 

First is the wind, which could gust to 45 mph once a potent cold front crosses the area around midnight. 

As with our previous wind storm, this could cause scattered power outages across the area. 

SAFETY REMINDER: If you see a downed wire, always treat it as a live wire and call your local police and DTE.

If you need be up at a certain time tomorrow morning, you may want to consider setting a battery powered alarm (perhaps your cell phone alarm) as a backup to your plugged in clock-radio.

Second weather problem coming tomorrow is precipitation, with rain showers changing to snow showers. 

Although I don't expect much accumulation (perhaps a dusting to less than an inch), we all know any amount of snow can sometimes slick-up the morning rush. 

Third problem, is the sharp drop in temperatures once the front moves through: if moisture on roads and sidewalks doesn't evaporate before the temperature reaches freezing (which will happen quickly behind the front), then we could have an icy mess along with the dusting of snow. 

Bottom Line is to use a lot of caution when you head out Thursday morning. 

The rest of the day will feature very windy conditions, with snow showers. 

The day will start with temperatures in the mid 20s, and those temps will hold steady through the day, with wind chills between zero and 10 above. 

Wind will blow from the west at 20 to 30 mph, with gusts to 45 mph possible, especially earlier in the day.

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