Cold, snow, blustery winds roll through Metro Detroit
After record warmth that sparked storms, Michigan saw a wild shift of weather on Saturday, bringing cold temperatures and monster waves to the Great Lakes as well as snow flurries in some parts of the state.
Rain and snow showers are likely to continue Saturday evening though 7 p.m. with a low around 29, officials with the National Weather Service said.
Be sure to grab a winter coat and hat as blustery winds with gusts as high as 34 mph are forecast for the Metro Detroit into the evening.
Sunday is expected to be mostly sunny with a high near 33. The same for Monday, with a high near 36.
After Detroit Metro Airport reached a new record high of 71 on Friday, the weather change may seem drastic.
Yet meteorologist Dave Kook said it’s typical for late November. “This time of year is usually when we get the largest swings in temperatures as the cold air tries to fill in for the winter.”
A front also is bringing rain and wind gusts as high as 30-40 mph, Kook said.
That’s why the weather service issued a gale warning for Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie from the Detroit River to North Cape until 10 p.m. Sunday. Maximum winds are expected around 9 a.m. on Sunday with the largest waves coming around 10 p.m. on Saturday.
“The largest expected significant waves will be 5 feet with a potential maximum wave height of 7 feet,” the weather service said.
Then, as the thermometer falls into the 30s, the precipitation falling across Metro Detroit could transition to snow showers. “We’re looking at probably up to a half-inch throughout the region,” Kook said.
On Friday temperatures hovered in the 60s long after sunset across Michigan, conditions warm enough to spark storms. Those bursts brought widespread reports of tree damage across Washtenaw County, the weather service said. There were also numerous reports of trees down in Genesee County and along the Interstate 96 corridor between Brighton and Howell.
DTE Energy’s website showed at least 5,000 outages near Howell, Webberville and Fowlerville.
Waves in the Lake Superior were forecast to reach 22 to 33 feet in Lake Superior between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. Saturday.
Northern Michigan is set to receive strong winds and snowfall in places such as Gaylord could accumulate, according to NWS. “The combination of gusty winds and snow will create near white-out conditions at times Saturday afternoon and evening, especially in lake-effect areas off Lake Michigan and Lake Superior,” the NWS says in a statement on its website.
The Thumb area of Michigan is also in for severe weather. Port Hope, off the coast of Lake Huron, will see ongoing rain and snowfall. Waves will be up to 12 feet on Saturday night and could possibly hit 16 feet on Sunday. A gale warning is in effect from 1 a.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Monday.
Extended forecast for Metro Detroit
Saturday: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with temperatures falling to around 37 by 5 p.m. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 17 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.
Saturday night: A chance of rain and snow showers before 1 a.m. Cloudy, with a low around 30. Blustery, with a west northwest wind 16 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 37. Breezy, with a northwest wind 17 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 26.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 39.
Monday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 26.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 42.
Tuesday night: A chance of rain and snow showers before 4 a.m., then a chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.
Wednesday: Rain and snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 47.
Wednesday night: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 37.
Thanksgiving Day: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47.
Source: National Weather Service