NWS: Weekend to bring a preview of spring

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Metro Detroit will get a peek at spring this weekend with temperatures soaring at least 20 degrees above normal, according to the National Weather Service in White Lake Township.

"The big warm-up will start on Saturday and will continue on into at least early next week, if not longer," meteorologist Alex Manion said. "We’re looking at highs in the upper 50s and I would not be surprised if we made a run into the 60s."

Saturday is "our best bet" for unseasonably warm weather topping 60 degrees, Manion said. The normal high for this time of year hovers around 35 degrees.

"It looks to be plenty of sunshine, too," Manion said of Saturday's forecast.

Residents will have to shiver through the end of the workweek before enjoying Saturday's warmth, however. Manion said Wednesday carries a high of 34 degrees with possible snow showers, followed by Thursday and Friday with temperatures in the low 30s.

But once it warms up Saturday, the spring preview is expected to stick around through the weekend and into next week.

"Sunday, we’ll have a continued good shot of seeing mainly sunny skies with highs in the low to mid 50s," Manion said. "This trend will continue on for both Monday and Tuesday, with daytime highs in the lower 50s."

Clouds are expected to move in Monday and Tuesday, but no significant precipitation is on the radar.

The weather service's seven-day forecast shows no sign of a break in the mild weather, but winter likely is waiting in the wings, Manion said.

"Having our share of cold swings is not unusual," Manion said. "We're not in the clear yet."


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