Snow coming early Fri. for Metro Detroit
As the work week comes to a close in Metro Detroit, temperatures are about 15 degrees below average for the early part of spring, and more snow is expected to fall.
Those low temperatures are expected to hold for at least another week, with one week from Thursday being the first day in April that might reach the mid-50s/mid-30s average high and low temps this time of year.
Thursday's high is expected to be in the low 40s, and the day will be mostly sunny, said Jordan Dale, a National Weather Service meteorologist. There should be cloud cover in the afternoon, ahead of a storm system that will hit about midnight, which is expected to bring an inch of snow in most parts of Metro Detroit and up to two inches in the northern suburbs.
The snow is expected to fall between midnight and about 6 a.m. Saturday.
Friday, high temps are expected in the low to mid-40s, which will melt off whatever snow has fallen. Wind gusts are expected in the afternoon, and overnight lows going into Saturday will fall to the low 20s.
Saturday will cool down a bit, with highs only reaching the upper 30s. No precipitation is expected.
The colder-than-average April being experienced in Southeast Michigan has its roots in a "persistent pattern of low pressure" over eastern Canada since mid-March, which has been funneling cold air into the region, Dale said.
Friday: High of 44 degrees with a low of 25. Some snow likely in the early morning.
Saturday: Partly sunny and cold with a high of 38 degrees and a low of 22.
Sunday: High of 40 degrees; Low temperature of 30 degrees. The sun gives way to clouds.
Monday: Some snow with highs of 43 degrees and lows of 30 degrees.
Tuesday: High of 43 degrees; low of 26. Cloudy with snow showers possible.