2-4 inches of snow Monday, rain by Thurs.

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Morning commuters saw snow-covered roads during the Monday morning commute but temperatures are expected to continue to increase through the week.

On Monday speeds weren't exceeding 40 mph on many area freeways in the morning. Motorists also had to deal with slippery conditions with limited visibility. 

As snowfall observations started to come in around the 7 a.m. hour, it appeared Metro Detroit would come out on the lower end of the predictions, with 2.3 inches of snow at Metro Airport in Romulus, 2.3 inches at the National Weather Service facility in White Lake, and 1.7 inches in Wixom.

But "another burst of snow is expected" in the next two hours, as rush hour comes to a close,  National Weather Service meteorologist Jordan Dale said Monday morning. The Michigan Department of Transportation's interactive traffic map showed a number of car crashes on Detroit-area freeways during the morning commute.

Officials urged drivers to go slow, as Michigan State Police did in a tweet announcing 11 crashes in the area. 

The snowfall Monday morning is expected to be followed by warmer temperatures in the days ahead.

The arctic mass that's hovered over the region for two weeks is moving east, National Weather Service meteorologist Jordan Dale said Sunday.

Winds from the southwest are taking its place, bringing the moisture that brought Sunday night's and Monday morning's snow. Temperatures on Monday cracked the freezing point. It was the first time in 2018 where temperatures exceeded 32 degrees. 

Ashcraft Landscape employee Antonio Roberson, 41, of Detroit, covers firewood at Spirit Plaza on Saturday. The arctic mass that's hovered over the region for two weeks is moving east and warmer temperatures are expected this week, according to the National Weather Service.


But after the snow falls, a warm-up is expected.

Monday could see high temperatures in the mid-30s, Dale said. Overnight into Tuesday, lows are only expected to hit the low 20s.

Tuesday is expected to be dry and cool, with highs in the lower 30s.

Rain is possible on Wednesday and Thursday, though major rainfalls are not expected. 

On Wednesday, highs in the low 40s are possible, with overnight lows in the upper 30s. Thursday could be the first day of 2018 with temperatures above freezing for an entire day, with high temps in the upper 40s, "making a run toward 50."

This week’s weather

Monday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36, low around 23. 

Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 31, low around 23. 

Wednesday: Cloudy with a high near 41, low around 39. Rain and snow showers expected between 8-10 a.m., with little or no snow accumulation. 

Thursday: Cloudy, with a high near 47, low around 32. A chance of showers. 

Friday: Cloudy, with a high near 35, low 19. A chance of rain and snow showers before 8 a.m., then a chance of snow.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 24, low 12. A chance of snow showers. 

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 19.

Source: National Weather Service