Cold temps to give way to warmup, snow in Metro Detroit

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

After near-record cold Thursday night and more arctic air Friday, the warmer readings coming this weekend throughout Metro Detroit might feel like a mini-heat wave.

But don’t break out the shades and sunscreen just yet: the National Weather Service says the region could see 2-3 inches of snow Saturday night through Sunday.

Saturday could start out sunny, with the mercury rising into the low 20s. But there’s a 50 percent chance of snow after 10 p.m., the weather service said.

More snow is likely Sunday as highs climb near 30. Then, there’s another chance of snow Monday, when the thermometer could flirt with the freezing mark.

“It’s still pretty cold, but not as cold as what we’re seeing now,” said Mike Richter, a meteorologist at the weather service station in White Lake Township.

The forecast calls for lows to dip below zero across southeast Michigan on Thursday night.

“We’re going to make a run at” breaking Friday’s record low of minus 4, set in 1934, Richter said.

Meanwhile, wind chills could drop to minus 15 or lower in some spots, especially north of the Interstate 69 corridor, according to the weather service.

Friday should be mostly sunny with a high near 19 and wind chill values as low as minus 5. Overnight temperatures into Saturday again are expected to fall into negative digits, which could shatter the date’s previous record low of minus 1 from 1994, Richter said.

The average highs and lows for this time of year are in the upper 30s and low 20s, according to weather service records.

Extended forecast

Thursday night: Cloudy and lows of minus 3 to minus 9 degrees

Friday: Mostly sunny with high near 19. Possible wind chills of minus 15 early.

Friday night: Clear with a low around minus 2

Saturday: Mostly sunny with highs of 18-22

Saturday night: 40 percent chance of light snow after midnight; lows of 4-8

Sunday: 70 percent chance of a light accumulation of snow; high near -30

Sunday night: Mostly cloudy with lows of 19-23

Monday: Partly cloudy with highs of 29-33

Monday night: Partly cloudy with lows of 13-17

Tuesday: Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow; highs 29 to 33

Tuesday night: Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of snow; lows 21-25