Break out the air conditioner, warmer weather is almost here.
After days and nights of subzero temperatures, the thermometer on Wednesday is set to rocket up to a relatively balmy 15 degrees, followed by a scorching 25 degrees on Thursday.
“We have a wind chill advisory in effect until 10 a.m. Wednesday and then we’ll actually begin to warm up over the next 24 hours,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Mosteiko. “We’ll then stay at the mid to upper 20s through Saturday.”
The predicted low for Wednesday night will be 8 degrees, a welcome change from the icy minus 5- to minus 10-degree lows of the past week.
“We’re also expecting 1 to 2 inches of snow on Thursday, which would break the all-time record for snowiest month ever for the Detroit area,” Mosteiko said. “Right now we’re at 38.3 inches of snow for January. The all-time record for snowiest month is 38.4 inches set in February 1908. Thursday’s snow should blow that record right out of the water.”
According to Mosteiko, NWS snow records for the Detroit area date back to 1880.
A check of flight status at Detroit Metropolitan Airport at 8 a.m. showed a green board for departures but cancellations for arriving flights from Roanoke, Va., Raleigh/Durham, N.C., Allentown, Pa., and South Bend, Ind.
Wednesday: Breezy and mostly sunny until 10 a.m., then partly cloudy. Highs of 13 to 17 degrees. Winds of 10 to 20 mph.
Wednesday night: Mostly clear with lows of 6 to 10 degrees. Wind chills to minus 8.
Thursday: Partly cloudy with a chance of light snow. Highs of 23 to 27. Winds of 15 to 25 mph and wind chills down to about minus 9 degrees.
Thursday night: Breezy and mostly cloudy. Light snow likely until around midnight with accumulation of up to an inch. Lows of 19 to 23 degrees.
Friday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of light snow showers after noon. Highs 26 to 30.
Friday night: Mostly cloudy with a chance of light snow. Lows 17 to 21. Chance of snow 40 percent.
Saturday: Cloudy with snow likely and a chance of rain. Light accumulations possible. Highs of 28 to 32.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. Lows of 10 to 14.