‘Pretty nice’ weather to ring in spring in Detroit area

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

The Dance of Joy begins at 6:45 p.m.

According to the National Weather Service, that’s when winter dies and spring officially begins. Huzzah! Huzzah!

“All of Friday is going to be pretty nice,” said meteorologist Deb Elliott, working from the NWS White Lake Township station.

“Mostly sunny with a high of about 53 degrees. It’s going to be mild both Friday and Saturday with highs in the lower 50s.”

A bit of a cold front is expected to slide into town on Saturday evening dropping temperatures to about 24 for the nighttime low. Highs on Sunday and Monday will only be around 40 degrees.

“But I’ll still take that over the frigid temperatures we had in February,” Elliott said.

“As for precipitation, we’re not expecting anything until possibly Tuesday night.”

Weather facts: On this date in 2012, highs of 82, 84 and 83 degrees were recorded respectively in Detroit, Flint and Saginaw. Each temperature tied the warmest Marcher temperatures ever recorded at the time.

On this date in 1976, an F4 tornado ripped through West Bloomfield Township at 7:15 p.m. The twister killed one person, injured 55 others and caused over $5 million in damages.

It was both the strongest and costliest tornado to ever hit Oakland County.

Finally, late winter storms dropping more than 6 inches of snow have hit southeastern Michigan on this date in 1967, 1983, 1989, 1992 and 1996.


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Extended forecast

Friday: Partly cloudy with highs of 50 to 54.

Friday night: Partly cloudy with lows of 38 to 42.

Saturday: Partly cloudy with highs of 51 to 55.

Saturday night: Partly cloudy with lows of 22 to 26.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy with highs of 37 to 41.

Sunday night: Mostly clear with lows of 21 to 25.

Monday: Partly cloudy with highs of 35 to 39.

Monday night: Mostly clear with lows of 20 to 24.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Highs 41 to 45.

Tuesday night: Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain and snow showers. Low of 30 to 34.