4 weather alert – It’s cool with some lingering clouds early Tuesday around the Detroit metro area with temperatures in the 20s and 30s outside its gates. There is a light but annoyingly cool breeze creating chills in the low 20s to 20s for everyone who works outdoors or just walks to work in mostly dry conditions. The winds are trying to blow some lake effect flakes from Lake Huron to our north without much concern.
Sunrise is at 7:54 am
We’re trying to break this cloud spell over Pure Michigan, and it might work later today. The morning cloud cover will gradually part and bring that all-important sun back into our skies, if only for a short time this afternoon. Consider any sunshine before lunch today as a bonus. High temperatures will land in the upper 30s to 40s on the cooler eastern side with 5-12 mph ENE winds blowing from the Great Lakes under a nice mix of sun and clouds. We are still seeing a powerful westbound storm slowly moving east across the country with rain and snow. It probably won’t land here in southeastern Michigan and southern Ontario for another day or two.
Sunset is at 5:01 pm
Wednesday will be mostly dry again with more and more clouds rolling in here before a storm still strengthening to the west of us today. Some model data suggests some light rain and snow is possible, but the dry air here will prevent this first round for the most part. So it is mostly cloudy with temperatures in the upper 30s to 40s with a light breeze picking up from ENE to ESE at 5 to 15 mph.
Thursday morning is the target for the start of this storm here in the Detroit metropolitan area, with mostly rain and isolated pockets of wet snow. We are also going to see some consistent heavy local showers that could add about an inch of rain across the AM unit. Temperatures in the upper 30s to near the 40s should produce more liquid than freezing precipitation and some of the rain will come down hard at times, making for a messy commute early Thursday. Keep that in mind because this will be the rainiest day of the week. The rain lessens and clears up in the afternoon with temperatures in the 40s and 40s and a light breeze S 10-17 mph.
The cooler air moves in on Friday, while most of the moisture moves east of us. Cooler air over the Great Lakes with a bit of a breeze will begin to produce lake-effect snowpacks Friday and this weekend. Some spotty snow showers are possible Friday with cooling temperatures mostly in the mid 30s. The weekend is a low 20-30 with westerly winds blowing bands of lake effect snow across the state from time to time, which will be a much bigger problem throughout western Michigan this weekend. Some light snow is possible Monday with a system approaching from the southwest and models show another snow pack moving in on Wednesday of next week, which is the winter solstice or the official start of winter. It’s a little far to be completely safe, so stay tuned as we keep you ready for anything that comes your way.
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