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Cold and snowy Saturday night, then a warming trend

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Hang on one more day, if you can, for a break in the weather.

The high Saturday is expected to be in the 20s, but Saturday night will still be bitingly cold.

After that, break out the spring clothes. The National Weather Service says it'll be in the 30s in the early part of next week.

"Saturday will be a touch warmer with sunshine and highs in the 20s," meteorologist Dan Thompson said. "But we have a chance of 2 to 3 inches of snow moving in Saturday night into Sunday, with the possibility of 4 inches down at the Ohio border."

But first, a low Friday night of zero to minus 5 degrees, capping off a super cold day.

"It wasn't much fun putting up the weather balloon this morning," Thompson said Thursday.

It was 2 degrees Friday morning in Troy and minus 3 at Metro Airport in Romulus, one degree shy of matching the record low of minus 4 for this day set in 1934.

Other temperatures in southeast Michigan include minus 2 in Ypsilanti, minus 5 in Mount Clemens, minus 6 in Grosse Ile and a Siberian minus 17 at the NWS station in White Lake Township.

According to the NWS, here's the climate breakdown for this February so far:

■The average temperature is 14.5 degrees, making it the second coldest February on record. The coldest February was in 1875 when the average monthly temperature was 12.2 degrees.

■So far, there have been nine days of below zero temperatures. February 1875 is first with 14 days.

■The coldest day in Detroit was on the 20th when the temperature hit minus 13.

But that minus 13 seems Hawaiian Tan tropical compared to temperatures of minus 19 in Pontiac, minus 25 in White Lake Township, minus 28 in Lapeer and minus 29 in Port Huron for the same date.

How's the rest of the world doing?

In Moscow, the temperature at 7:30 a.m. Detroit time was 34 degrees. In Oslow, Norway, it was 38 degrees. In Point Barrow, Alaska, it was 26 degrees.

Heck, even Ulan Bator, Mongolia, was warmer than Detroit with a temperature of 16 degrees.


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Extended forecast

Friday night: Clear with lows of zero to minus 6.

Saturday: Mostly sunny with highs of 17 to 21.

Saturday night: A 50 percent chance of light snow. Lows of 6 to 10.

Sunday: There is a 70 percent chance of light snow, 1 to 3 inches. Highs of 27 to 31.

Sunday night: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of light snow. Lows of 18 to 22.

Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs 27 to 31.

Monday night: Partly cloudy. Lows 14 to 18.

Tuesday: Snow likely with a chance of freezing rain and sleet. Highs of 33 to 37.

Tuesday night: There is a 70 percent chance of a mixture of rain and snow. Lows of 26 to 30.