Snow in mix for Metro Detroit’s weekend

Tom Greenwood and Candice Williams
The Detroit News

It’s another five weeks before winter officially begins and Michigan is already snowy and shivery.

Parts of the Upper Peninsula are digging out from nearly 40 inches of snow while the metro area is dealing with temperatures that are well-below normal for this time of year.

“Friday will have a high of 33 degrees but the normal high for this date is 50 degrees,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Mosteiko. “It’s going to be cold tonight with a low of 22 with wind chills of 10 to 15 degrees. We’ll have snow flurries but no accumulations.”

Saturday night will be a different story.

“There’s a 40 percent chance of snow on Saturday night, but only an inch at most,” Mosteiko said. “The high for Saturday will be 33 with a nighttime low in the 20s.”

The cold is expected to stay around well into next week, according to the NWS. The high for Tuesday is expected to be a miserly 28 degrees with a break-out-the-flannel-sheets low of 20.

In Metro Detroit, the Wayne County Road Commission salted some highways Thursday as snow squalls made some road surfaces slick, spokeswoman Cindy Dingell said.

Thursday night, Michigan State Police reported icy overpasses along numerous highways in southern Michigan, including Interstate 96 between Brighton and Lansing, I-94 between Jackson and Chelsea, U.S. 12 between Ann Arbor and Jonesville and M-52 between Ann Arbor and the Ohio state line.

WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids reported that a 59-year-old woman died Thursday morning in a chain-reaction crash on U.S. 131 in Kalamazoo County's Schoolcraft Township, south of Constantine. State Police identified the victim as Deborah Mead of Constantine.

The NWS reported nine inches of snow fell Thursday at Coopersville and eight inches at Allendale, both in western Michigan's Ottawa County.

In the U.P., Ispheming has received 36.1 inches of snow over the past few days while Negaunee is swimming in 32.5 inches and 20 inches lie on the ground in Marquette.

“We don’t see a break in the cold until Thursday when the temperature will climb into the upper 30s,” Mosteiko said of Metro Detroit.

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Extended forecast

Friday: Flurries after 1 p.m. with a high of near 32.

Friday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 20 and winds of 6 to 8 mph.

Saturday: Mostly sunny with a high of near 33. Wind gusts of up to 18 mph.

Saturday night: Snow showers likely after 1 a.m. with a low of 23.

Sunday: There is a 50 percent chance of snow showers with a high of about 34. Wind gusts up to 21 mph.

Sunday night: There is a 30 percent chance of snow showers with a low of 24 degrees.

Monday: Partly sunny with a chance of snow showers. The high temp will be about 32.

Monday night: Mostly cloudy with a low of 20.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with a high of 28.

Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy with a low of 18.

Wednesday: Partly sunny with a high near 29.

Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy with a low of around 23.