Yes, those were snowflakes!

Mike Martindale
The Detroit News

Yes, Detroit, those really were snowflakes spotted in parts of the Motor City Saturday afternoon. But relax, its not time to break out the snow shovels.

Some light snow showers, mixed with rain, were sighted at times Saturday afternoon by residents from Ann Arbor to Midland. But mercifully, the unseasonal incident was very brief and no accumulation recorded as temperatures generally hovered in the 40s.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service in White Lake Township issued an urgent weather message around 2:30 p.m. Saturday that freezing temperatures are expected tonight across southeastern Michigan.

The dreaded "freeze warning" is in effect from 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. Sunday when temperatures are expected to fall into the upper 20s to lower 30s after midnight

At risk are any exposed sensitive vegetation, especially crops and flowers, which can be damaged or killed by the cold. A freeze warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely and its important to take precautions, such as harvesting some crops, bringing some potted blooms indoors or attempting to cover them outside.

"Temperatures are expected to drop again tonight, its going to get pretty chilly and people should take precautions with their outdoor flowers," said Sara Schultz, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in White Lake Township.

The weather is expected to be partly sunny on Sunday with temperatures rising to about 47 degrees by mid-day and a low about 30 degrees with widespread frost Sunday night and some wind gusts as high as 30 miles per hour.

Monday's forecast is for sunny weather with a high near 59 and a low of about 50 Monday night and breezy. Tuesday, which is expected to be mostly cloudy, should have a high near 65, according to forecasts.

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