The bad news is that it’s cold outside.
The really bad news is that it’s going to get colder and it’s going to stick around for a while.
“The overnight low at Detroit Metropolitan Airport was 5 degrees,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Thompson, working out of the White Lake Township station.
“The overnight low for Tuesday is going to be about 5 below zero with a daytime high of about 10 degrees.”
The normal highs and lows for this time of year are 32 and 19 degrees.
The culprit behind the freeze is a trough of arctic air blasting in from Canada and it may stick around until the weekend.
“We’re also looking at a chance of one to two inches of snow Tuesday night into Wednesday,” Thompson said.
“The record high amount of snow for the month of January is 29.6 inches. So far this month we’ve accumulated 27.8, so we’re closing in on a new record.”
To complicate matters, the Michigan Public Service Commission announced on Tuesday that there is a widespread shortage of propane.
The shortage is expected to become even more pronounced when a facility in Wisconsin that supplies propane shuts down for maintenance.
The fuel shortage is expected to have a big impact on the Upper Peninsula, but it will also affect residents of the Mitten where an estimated 9 percent of households use propane as their primary space heating fuel.
Factors leading to the propane shortage include a late, wet harvest season (propane is used for drying corn), extreme cold temperatures, heavy snowfall, pipeline disruptions, a rail closure in Canada and difficult driving conditions.
Gov. Rick Snyder on Dec. 20, 2013, declared a state of energy emergency for propane. On Jan. 10, the governor issued a second executive order declaring a state of energy emergency for both propane and heating oil through Jan. 31.
The executive orders exempt motor carriers and drivers transporting propane and heating oil within Michigan from hours-of-service regulations and requirements. Nationwide, 24 states have declared similar propane energy emergencies.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy with highs of 8 to 12 degrees. Winds 5 to 15 mph with wind chills of about 11 below zero.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy with scattered flurries. Lows of -1to -8 degrees. Wind chills down to 16 below.
Wednesday: Cloudy with a 60 percent chance of snow. Highs of 11 to 15 degrees and wind chills down to-16 degrees.
Wednesday night: There is a 70 percent chance of snow with an accumulation of up to an inch. Lows of 1 to 7 degrees. Wind chills of 12 below.
Thursday: Breezy with winds of 15 to 25 mph. Highs of 11 to 15 degrees. Wind chills of 14 below zero.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy with lows of 2 below to 8 below zero.
Friday: Windy with a high temp of 13 to 17.
Friday night: There is a 50 percent chance of snow. Lows of 9 to 13 degrees.
Weather fact: On January 21, 1984, the overnight temperature dropped to -21 degrees in Detroit.