Rain, wind pick up in Metro area; cold, snow on the way

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

The warm weather that has held southeast Michigan in a toasty embrace recently is about to say buh-bye, ushering in cold temperatures for the weekend including the possibility of snow.

“But Wednesday and Thursday will continue to be warm before it starts to cool down for the weekend,” National Weather Service meteorologist Rachel Kulik said. “Wednesday’s high will be in the mid 60s, which is a little bit warmer than usual for this time of year. We are also expecting rain during the afternoon, along with winds gusting up to 35 mph.”

According to the NWS, the metro area should receive anywhere from 1/10 to 1/4 inch of precipitation. The low Wednesday night will be about 47.

“Thursday will be cooler, but the high will still be in the lower 50s,” Kulik said. “It will be dry and sunny so it looks like a nice Thursday. The low for Thursday night will be around 33 degrees.”

Then cooler weather moves into southeast Michigan with high temperatures peaking in the mid-30s.

“We have a chance of snow this weekend, but the weather models aren’t very consistent right now, so it’s too early to know how much might fall,” Kulik said.

“We should know more by Thursday night or Friday morning.”

The chance of snow, and a fair amount of it, appears stronger on the western side of the state.

The mid- to southwest portion of the Mitten is expected to receive up to six inches of snow beginning Friday night and tapering off to lake effect showers on Saturday afternoon.

According to the NWS office in Grand Rapids, 3 to 5 inches of snow are expected in an area stretching from the Jackson to Kalamazoo and northwards to about Grand Rapids.

Four to six inches of snow are expected from Grand Rapids north to about Ludington and east to around Mount Pleasant.

According to weather service records, the high in metro Detroit for Nov. 18 was 69 degrees set in 1941 while the low was a very chilly 11 set in 2014.


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Extended forecast

Wednesday: There is a 100 percent chance of showers. The high will be near 64 with winds of 20 to 25 mph and gusts as high as 37 mph.

Wednesday night: Showers likely before 7 p.m. Cloudy with a low of about 47. Breezy with wind gusts of 31 mph.

Thursday: Sunny and 52. Breezy with wind gusts of 30 mph.

Thursday night: Mostly clear with a low of about 33. Wind gusts of up to 26 mph.

Friday: Sunny and 42.

Friday night: There is a 40 percent chance of rain with a low of 30 degrees.

Saturday: There is a 60 percent chance of snow showers with accumulations of less than a 1/2 inch. The high temp will be near 38.

Saturday night: A chance of snow showers with a low of 24.

Sunday: Partly sunny and 35.

Sunday night: Cloudy and 21.