First snow falls in northern lower peninsula
Snow has fallen for the first time this season in the northern part of Michigan's lower peninsula. But despite colder temperatures moving into Metro Detroit, there isn't a risk of freezing flurries here — yet.
Metro Detroit will go from tying a record high last Tuesday of 86 degrees to brisk, lower-than-usual temperatures into this weekend, weather experts said.
On Friday morning, temperatures began in the mid to upper 40s and will peak in the low 50s. By nightfall and into the dead of the night, they will drop down into the upper 30s. These trends continue into the weekend.
There might even be occasional pockets of light showers that may occur, but it will be primarily cold, reminding everyone that fall is here with close to freezing temperatures on a few overnights.
"We're going to see a little bit below normal temps for a lot of the next week or so," said Andrew Arnold, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township. "It's not unusually cold, just back to a little bit below normal."
Arnold said the normal high temperatures in Metro Detroit are usually in the low 60s. While Detroit makes its descent into fall temps, other part of the state such as Upper Peninsula have already had snow. A half inch or less fell there toward the Marquette region.
In Gaylord, the National Weather Service posted a photo to Facebook of a svelte snowman sitting amid a puddle of water, saying it was their office's first snowman of the year.
Brisk and mostly cloudy conditions with scattered rain showers continue in Gaylord into Friday, with gales on portions of the Great Lakes through the evening. The cool and unsettled pattern is expected to continue over the next several days.
For Saturday, Metro Detroit will see temps in the low 50s that drop at night to the 40s. Sunday will be perhaps the warmest day with weather in the upper 50s that might even top 60 degrees, Arnold said.
Often times in the early fall, Arnold said, "you get a kind of push of warm air that lifts up and creates some warmer temperatures" which resulted in Monday and Tuesday having summer-like weather.
The last time Metro Detroit had 86-degree weather on Oct. 9? 1949.
"It's typical for this time of the year where you can get some warm days followed by some cooler days," he said. "It's going to get a little less likely that we see something like that occur over the next several weeks. We could get to the 60 or 70s."
At the beginning of the workweek on Monday, the temperatures will hover in the low 50s and drop into the mid 30s at night with the same pattern continuing into the week.