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Warmer temps coming as cold air departs Metro Detroit

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit — The cold air that gripped Metro Detroit last week is departing, and the snow is going with it. By week’s end, the area will have temperatures approaching 50 degrees, said National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Thompson.

Monday morning started off with light snow, but there will be little, if any, the rest of the day, Thompson said, as high temps reach the lower 30s. “Patchy, freezing drizzle” is a possibility.

Overnight, lows will reach the mid 20s. The National Weather Service issued a “special weather statement” for much of southeast Michigan, urging motorists to drive slow and leave more time for their travels, and noted that bridges, exit ramps and overpasses may be slippery.

No snow is expected early Tuesday, as temperatures reach the mid 30s. That night, when temps drop to the mid 20s, light snow is possible.

The rest of the week is expected to be without snowfall, Thompson said. The cold air that came with last week’s “arctic front” is departing and being replaced by warmer air.

Thompson wouldn’t go so far as to say that the worst of the winter is over, but did say that, historically, the coldest point in the winter in southeast Michigan is late January to early February. Cold air may return in late February and early March, however.

The average high temp in February is 32 degrees, and the average low is 18, according to weather.com.

Wednesday will be dry, with highs in the mid 30s and lows in the mid teens. The rest of the week is not expected to get any colder than that.

Thursday will be another dry day, with high temps in the lower 30s and lows in the mid 20s, above the average low temperature for February.

Friday is expected to be one of the warmest days of the year, as temperatures approach 50 degrees. There is a chance of light rain, Thompson said.

Friday night could be windy, with speeds possibly reaching 40 miles per hour. If wind speeds reach 45 mph, an advisory will be issued, Thompson said.

Low temps on Friday will be in the upper 30s, higher than several high temps this week, and higher than the average high temperature for February.

jdickson@detroitnews.com

Forecast

Monday: Snow showers likely before 1 pm, then patchy snow showers and freezing drizzle. Cloudy, with a high near 30. South southeast wind around 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. Little or no ice accumulation expected. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Cloudy, with a low around 23. South southwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35. North northwest wind 3 to 6 mph.

Tuesday night: A chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 22. North northwest wind 6 to 8 mph becoming west southwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32. Northwest wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 10.

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 30.

Thursday night: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.

Friday: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 48. Breezy.

Friday night: A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. Breezy.

Source: National Weather Service