Metro Detroit weather forecast: A cold, wintry few days ahead

By Paul Gross - Meteorologist

The big pattern change is now complete, and you should be ready for a continuation of this temperature regime for a long time.  In fact, I’m becoming cautiously optimistic if we somehow can get some snow cover over the next week, that it’ll stay all the way through Christmas.  

Ski resorts up north should be getting some natural snow, and whatever our local resorts get will obviously be supplemented with man-made snow since it’s now cold enough.  So if you’re a skier, get ready!  As for getting that accumulating snow…it’s possible!  I’ll detail that a little later in the article.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy and breezy with a few flurries or very light snow showers.  Lows in the low to mid 20s (-4 to -5 degrees Celsius).  Southwest wind diminishing to 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday looks to have more clouds than sun, with a few snow showers possible during the afternoon as a modest upper level disturbance swings through.  As I’ve explained many times in the past, these disturbances sometimes energize the Lake Michigan lake-effect snow machine, and some of those snow showers periodically break off and travel eastward across the state.  No model is giving me any indication that we’ll receive any impactful snow, but I’ll still monitor.  Highs in the low to mid 30s (0 to 1 degree Celsius) will feel like low to mid 20s (-5 degrees Celsius) due to a west-southwest wind at 10 to 20 mph.  

Thursday’s sunrise is at 7:49 a.m., and Thursday’s sunset is at 5:01 p.m.

Becoming partly cloudy Thursday night, with lows in the upper teens to near 20 degrees (-7 degrees Celsius).  

Partly cloudy on Friday, with highs in the low 30s (0 degrees Celsius).  

Increasing clouds Friday night, with a chance of snow developing.  Lows in the low to mid 20s (-5 degrees Celsius).  

Whether or not we get any accumulating snow Friday night into Saturday is highly dependent upon a potent upper level disturbance that, in only twelve hours, will track southeastward from the northern Minnesota border to near Chicago, before turning eastward.  This disturbance should generate a surface low, the path of which the Local4Casters will keep a close eye on.  If this disturbance / surface low takes a direct line from Chicago eastward along I-94, then we’ll be shoveling for sure…possibly to the tune of 2 to 4 inches of snow!  However, if it dives farther southeast before turning east and tracks south of the state line, then we get a lighter dusting.  In any event, Saturday will look and feel like the season!  Highs should reach the low 30s (0 degrees Celsius).  

We should see at least partial clearing Saturday night and, if skies completely clear, then temperatures will really crash.  Right now, I expect lows in the mid to upper teens (-8 degrees Celsius).

Partly cloudy overall on Sunday, with highs in the low 30s (0 degrees Celsius).  

As alluded to above, I expect this cold temperature pattern to stay all the way through next week. In fact, highs next Tuesday through Friday may only reach the upper 20s (-2 degrees Celsius). The pattern could possibly relax slightly the following week, but we’ll still be cold.


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