Freezing rain, springlike temperatures, then snow and cold — Metro Detroiters are in for wild weather swings the next few days.
It starts early Wednesday with icy conditions that could complicate travel for commuters between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m., the National Weather Service said.
“Drive with caution as there may be a few slick spots that may develop on the roads,” it warned.
Freezing rain is possible before 9 a.m. and then temperatures with highs topping out into the low 40s are expected.
After that, “we’re going to thaw out for a little bit” across southeast Michigan, meteorologist Mike Richter said.
As warmer air pushes into the region from the southwest on Thursday with more rain. The mercury could rise into the upper 50s — more than 25 degrees above average for the date but below the record 66 set in 1890, weather service data for Detroit Metro Airport shows.
Winds could gust as high as 18 mph and light precipitation also is possible.
But that unseasonable spell should be short-lived. “A second front will move through on Friday and end our warmup,” Richter said.
On Friday, as the thermometer reaches only into the mid-30s, rain showers could transition to snow with a low around 16.
The weather service calls for snow showers overnight into Saturday, with temperatures hovering around 20. While the service says on it website that “some uncertainty remains regarding the exact track of this system ... the greatest potential of significant snow accumulations” could be southeast of a line from Litchfield, Michigan, in Hillsdale County to Logansport, Indiana, Friday night to Saturday evening.
It’s too early to estimate exact accumulations, Richter said, but “if things come together, then we could see some pretty good snowfall into early Saturday. It’s going to depend on the track.”