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Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

A winter weather advisory remains in effect for southeast Michigan for Thursday evening bringing with it lower than normal temperatures combined with wind gusts of up to 30 mph.

The National Weather Service is also forecasting up to 3 inches of snowfall in the metro area starting after 6 p.m. Thursday and ending around 7 a.m. Friday, according to meteorologist Rachel Kulik, working from the White Lake Township station.

"We're expected to have snow pretty much all night in Metro Detroit," she said.

There were reports of snowfall in the Lansing area Thursday evening that is moving eastward, Kulik said.

Temperatures Thursday night are expected to be 6 to 8 degrees with the wind chill at negative 10 degrees, Kulik said.

The Alberta Clipper squatting on Michigan Thursday caused more than 400 schools in the metro area to close their doors in the face of frigid temperatures and biting winds.

Cities and townships that closed schools included Detroit, Warren, Hamtramck, Canton, Southfield, Dearborn, Whitmore Lake, Allen Park and Casco Township. More include Westland, Ann Arbor, Frasier, Pontiac, Livonia, Eastpointe, Center Line, Roseville, Southgate, Ecorse, Oak Park and Farmington. Schools have also been closed in Flat Rock, Ypsilanti, Riverview, Inkster, Grosse Ile, Belleville and River Rouge.

"The normal temperatures for this time of year includes a high of 32 degrees and a night-time low of about 19," NWS meteorologist Matt Mosteiko said. "Regular temperatures (Thursday morning) included zero degrees at Metro Airport and Monroe, 11 degrees in Saginaw, 7 in Flint, 6 at Detroit City Airport and minus 4 in Adrian."

Temperatures will climb (minimally) on Friday with a high temperature in the teens and wind chills of zero degrees.

"Things start to get a little better over the weekend," Mosteiko said. "The high for Saturday will be about 10 degrees but Sunday's high will be in the mid-20s which will last through next week. There are no forecasts for snow over the weekend."

The city of Detroit has teamed with three homeless service providers — Cass Community Social Services, Operation Get Down and the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries — to provide temporary shelter for those needing protection from the cold.

■Cass Community Social Services, located at 3901 Cass, has 50 beds and will be open from 4 p.m.-8 a.m. daily. Contact the Rev. Faith Fowler at (313) 833-7730 or (313) 883-2277 or by email at for more information.

■Operation Get Down, located at 6821 Medbury Streeet between the I-94 Service Drive and East Grand, has 200 beds for adults and children and will be open from 6 p.m.-7 a.m. daily. Contact Linda Jefferson at (313) 925-4138 or by email at for more information.

■Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, located at 3535 Third, has 100 beds for men only and will be open from 5 p.m.-7 a.m. daily. Contact Daniel Townsend at (313) 993-6703 or by email at for more information.

■On Thursday afternoon the city of Wayne announced that its Community Center would be open as a warming center on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. until closing. The Wayne Community Center is located at 4635 Howe, (734) 721-7400.

■Team Mental Health Services, at 2925 Russell Street near Eastern Market, has room for around 200 men, women, and children with parents. It will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the rest of the week and into next week. Coffee and blankets are available. Contact Courtney Kremer at (313) 713-9340 for information.

(313) 222-2023

Staff Writer Candice Williams contributed.

Extended forecast

Thursday night: There is close to a 100 percent chance of 2 to 3 inches of snow until about midnight. Lows of 6 to 8 with wind chills of 10 below.

Friday: There is a 40 percent of light snow showers. High of 14 to 18 with winds of 10 to 20 mph. Wind chills will be about 7 below.

Friday night: Partly cloudy with lows of 2 degrees to 4 below zero. Winds of 10 to 20 mph and wind chills to about 16 below.

Saturday: Mostly sunny with highs of 8 to 12. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph with wind chills of around 17 below.

Saturday night: Partly cloudy. Lows 1 to 7.

Sunday: Partly cloudy with highs of 23 to 27.

Sunday night: Mostly cloudy. Lows 17 to 21.

Monday: Mostly cloudy. Highs 27 to 31.

Monday night: Mostly cloudy. Lows 16 to 20.