An jogger makes her way through snow on Saturday in Royal Oak. (Charlotte Massey / The Detroit News)
After a day of snow and rain, Metro Detroit is expected to experience a slight warmup on Sunday.
“We’ll see a break for a couple of days,” Sara Schultz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township station, said Saturday night.
January may have been the snowiest month on record for Southeast Michigan, but the first day of February made its mark.
Schultz said snow fall totals ranged between 2 inches to 3.5 inches in areas around Monroe and Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Between 4 to 5 inches were reported from Pontiac to Port Huron.
Temperatures on Saturday hovered between 25 to 30 degrees. Tonight temperatures will drop to about 21 degrees.
Schultz said Sunday’s high temperature will be 30 degrees.
Sunday might see some flurries with no accumulation, but temperatures will drop through the beginning of the week to a low of 0 on Sunday night. Monday’s high will be in the upper teens.
Another round of snow is likely Tuesday night through Wednesday, said Dan Thompson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s White Lake Township station.
Diane Cross from the Michigan Department of Transportation says crews were out early Saturday preparing for the incoming snow.
“The salt trucks were called out early and got the salt down while it was a little bit warmer,’ said Cross. “We’re hoping that the salt that has already been on the ground and driven over will help make it not so icy.”
The National Weather Service says the Detroit area saw 39.1 inches of snow in January. That earlier broke the record for January and now tops the record for the all-time snowiest month for the Detroit area of 38.4 inches set in February of 1908.
Flint’s 32.9 inches of snow also was a January record.
Grand Rapids finished with 41.9 inches of snow, short of the record 46.8 in January 1999.
The Northern Lower Peninsula received about 39.5 inches, far short of the 74.1 that fell in January 2004.