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Snow, rain — then some sun in Metro Detroit forecast

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

First, it’s snow and rain and then sun and warm temperatures this week in Metro Detroit.

If that sounds odd, remember: The region is officially in the anything-goes phase known as spring.

“It’s not really all that unusual. The months of March and April, you can see volatile weather,” said Dan Thompson, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service station in White Lake Township. “It’s what happens this time of year.”

After highs topping out in the upper 50s on Monday afternoon, the area can expect a cool turnaround.

As a low-pressure system crosses the state, rain is forecast starting around midnight, Thompson said. In some spots, the precipitation could be mixed with snow.

“We’re expecting most of the snow to be north of Eight Mile,” Thompson said. “It should start out as rain for most areas then we’ll see it change to snow. Areas from Detroit south could see a mix of snow, but we’re not expecting too much accumulation.”

Some places could see as much as 1-3 inches as lows dip near freezing, the weather service said. But, Thompson added, “areas especially along M-59 would see the best chance of those higher amounts.”

There’s also a chance of rain or snow showers between 7-10 a.m. Tuesday, the weather service said. As clouds linger, temperatures should reach the mid-40s — slightly below average for this time of year, according to NWS data.

Wednesday’s high is expected to hover around 50 under mostly sunny skies. Nighttime readings should fall into the upper 30s.

Then, get ready for a brief warm-up Thursday. The mercury could rise into the mid-60s — but showers are likely.

“We’ll see southerly winds bringing in some warm and moist air, then some showers will be possible along the cold front,” Thompson said.

The work week ends with more cloudy skies, another chance of showers and the thermometer in the lower 50s, NWS said.