Westbound I-696 was closed at Groesbeck Highway for a few hours Sunday due to numerous accidents in Roseville. (Robin Buckson / The Detroit News)
Detroit—After a weekend of more snow and more spinouts, Metro Detroiters can expect ... more of the same.
Metro Detroit’s frigid spell is expected to continue into this week as a result of a high-pressure system arriving from central Canada, bringing with it lake effect snow and arctic temperatures, according to the National Weather Service in White Lake Township.
“We’ll see a little relief Thursday when the temperatures will get up to 23,” said Rachel Kulik, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
Single-digit temperatures are expected today, Tuesday and Wednesday, with highs around 10. No snow is predicted those days, but wind chills will dip to minus 12. Tonight’s wind chill could hit as low as minus 30.
“Wind chill is going to be a big concern, so the best thing to do is tell people to cover as much skin as possible, because frostbite can set in within 10 minutes,” said meteorologist Bryan Tilley.
And it won’t just be a problem forDetroit. The weather service said city after city across the Midwest will face wind chills well below zero today: minus 43 in Minneapolis, minus 23 in Milwaukee and Chicago, minus 14 in Kansas City, minus 10 in St. Louis and minus 3 in Louisville.
Tilley said the arctic air will leavethe area Thursday.
The average temperature this month has been 17.2 degrees — the ninth coldest January on record. The normal temperature is 32 degrees. The coldest was January 1977, when the average temperature was 12.8 degrees.
Metro Detroit already has broken the record for the snowiest January on record. The weather continued to widen the gap as the area saw another 2½ inches of snow Sunday afternoon.
The fresh snow and icy conditions Sunday triggered a spate of fender-benders including one involving more than 30 vehicles about 11:15 a.m. on westbound Interstate 696 near Groesbeck.
There were no serious injuries, although a few people went to area hospitals for neck and back problems, a spokesman for the Michigan State Police said.
The highway was closed for about two and a half hours.
“Very icy roads,” Warren Police Lt. William Reichling said as he juggled calls about the closure from the dispatch center. “There are several accidents going all the way back to Van Dyke.”
Several accidents also littered the southbound Lodge freeway around 10 a.m. from Glendale to West Chicago.
Michigan State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Shaw urged motorists to observe the weather conditions and drive accordingly.
“You’ve got to slow down,” Shaw said. “You can’t follow the person in front of you too close. You’ve got to pay attention. You can’t talk on the phone or text.”
Shaw said Michigan State Police don’t yet have a total for the number of accidents, spinouts and other incidents as a result of the snowy and icy conditions.
Associated Press contributed.