Snow Thursday, then more seasonable weekend
The arctic cold that launched March likely will last through the end of the work week, but a warm-up is headed to Metro Detroit soon.
After overnight lows dipping into the teens, the National Weather Service calls for a chance of snow Thursday, mainly in the afternoon, with a high near 30 while winds could gust as high as 20 mph. New snow accumulation of less than an inch is possible.
Friday should be mostly sunny with highs in the upper 20s, more than 10 degrees below average, weather service records show.
Then, the thermometer starts climbing to more seasonable readings over the weekend.
Saturday’s high could reach the mid 30s — though a 50 percent chance of snow showers is possible — and Sunday is expected to be partly sunny with a high near 40.
The start of the next week looks even milder. The weather service calls for temperatures to rise into the upper 40s on Monday then the mid-50s on Tuesday and near 60 on Wednesday.
That’s a shift from the wintry conditions that swept across southeast Michigan on Tuesday evening — dumping freezing rain then snow and blustery winds around rush hour.
Some areas saw heavy snow. Parts of Saginaw County notched 12.5 inches, while Shiawassee had 10.6 and Midland recorded 8.5, according to the weather service.
Amounts reported in Metro Detroit included 6.3 inches in White Lake Township; 6 in Armada; 5.7 in New Baltimore; 5.5 in Howell, Eastpointe and Chesterfield Township; 4 in Roseville; 3.8 in Ann Arbor; 3.6 in Wixom; 3.3 in Wyandotte and Romulus; 2.5 in Bloomfield Hills.
The arctic blast and lingering wintry roads caused a host of school districts to cancel classes Wednesday.
Slick conditions also may have contributed to multiple crashes reported throughout the area Wednesday morning, including a multi-vehicle crash involving a school bus that closed eastbound Interstate 94 at Van Dyke Avenue in Detroit, according to Michigan Department of Transportation traffic cameras.
Staff Writer Holly Fournier contributed.
Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14.
Thursday: Chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
Thursday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 29. North northeast wind 3 to 7 mph.
Friday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16.
Saturday: Chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 34. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.
Saturday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 40.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.
Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 50.
Monday Night: Chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39.
Source:National Weather Service