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Most intense cold in Metro area likely Thursday

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Metro Detroit's streak of frigid weather continues — with a little snow and even colder temperatures on the way, including double-digit below-zero wind chills.

The National Weather Service says there's a 70 percent chance of light snow showers Wednesday. Accumulation could be less than one inch.

Although a high of 19, some 17 degrees below average, is expected, the wind chill could make it feel like zero.

There's another chance of snow showers before midnight, then the low could drop around minus 3.

Thursday will be more of the same: the weather service expects the thermometer to drop to 8 under partly cloudy skies, then plunge to 8 below overnight.

"And those are just plain air temperatures," meteorologist Rachel Kulik said. "Throw in some winds and we're looking at some very dangerous wind chills. Thursday will definitely be our coldest day of the week."

Winds chills that day could dip as low as -17, according to NWS.

The forecast calls for more cold Friday, with highs around 11 and a 40 percent chance of snow at night.

There's a slight warmup for the start of the weekend, though: Saturday could bring highs in the upper 20s, with another chance of snow.

Extended forecast

Wednesday: Light snow possible with accumulations of 1 to 2 inches. Highs of 14 to 18 with wind chills of -3.

Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy with lows of -3 to -9. Wind chills of -15.

Thursday: Partly cloudy with highs of 4 to 8.

Thursday night: Clear with lows of -9 to -15 degrees.

Friday: Partly cloudy with highs of 8 to 12.

Friday night: Mostly cloudy with lows of 1 to 7.

Saturday: Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of snow. Highs of 26 to 30.

Saturday: There is a 40 percent chance of snow. Lows of 12 to 16.