The frigid air that hammered Metro Detroit for the past week has temporarily retreated. But the warmer air swooping in is expected to bring a sloppy combination of snow, sleet and rain.
“We have a system bringing in more air and moisture, so we could be looking at different types of precipitation,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Thompson. “Detroit will see the precipitation starting as snow at about 3 a.m. Saturday, which will then mix in with rain later in the morning and then into the afternoon hours on Saturday.”
A winter storm watch is in effect Saturday through Saturday evening. The system has the potential to bring a heavy snow greater than 6 inches between Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon.
The weather service also warns of the potential for sleet and freezing rain along the Interstate 69 and M-59 corridors.
The metro area is expected to receive about an inch of snow on Friday.
“The high on Friday should be about 30 degrees with a night-time low in the low 20s,” Thompson said.
January is now officially the snowiest month since the weather service began keeping records dating back to 1880, according to the weather service.
“Metro Detroit has seen of 39.1 inches of snowfall after a light dusting of 0.8 inches fell on Metro Detroit Thursday night,” Thompson said.
The previous record was 38.4 inches which was recorded in February 1908.
Friday: Cloudy with highs of 27 to 31 degrees and winds of 5 to 15 mph.
Friday night: A chance of light snow with accumulations of up to .5 inches. Lows of 20 to 24.
Saturday: Snow early Saturday morning with possible accumulations of more than 6 inches. A chance of sleet from 9 a.m. until noon, then changing to rain.
Saturday night: Snow and rain until about midnight. Accumulations of 1 to 2 inches. Lows of 17 to 21.
Sunday: Partly cloudy until noon, then mostly sunny. Highs of 24 to 28.
Sunday night: Mostly clear with lows of 0 to 6 degrees.