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After a mostly snow-free winter so far, Metro Detroit is about to get hit with the white stuff. 

Metro Detroit has seen 7.4 inches of snow for the season. That's 10 inches below normal, said meteorologist Trent Frey with the National Weather Services' White Lake Township office.

Thursday and Friday will bring up to a half-inch of snow. Then on Saturday, temperatures will drop to a high of mid-20s with 2-4 inches of snow expected. 

Cold air will move in as the snow moves out, said Frey. 

"As the system bringing the snow moves out to the east, it will bring in a bunch of frigid arctic air," said Frey. "For Sunday and Monday, temperatures will only be in the teens. And with breezy winds expected on Sunday, the wind chill will be around zero all day."

The average high for this time of year is 32; the average low is 19. 

The cold will only stay for a few days, then closer-to-average temperatures are expected, he said. 

"It won’t stay around like last year, where it was here for 12 days," he said.

Extended forecast

Thursday: Mostly cloudy with high near 32, low of about 26. Chance of snow after 8 a.m. 

Friday: Mostly cloudy with high near 33, low of about 21. Chance of snow before 2 a.m.

Saturday: Snow, with high of about 25, low of about 13. Snow expected after 8 a.m. and could be heavy at times. Some areas could see as much as 4 inches. 

Sunday: Mostly cloudy with high near 16, low of 3. Snow likely before 8 a.m.

Monday: Martin Luther King Jr. Day expected to be mostly sunny with high near 18,  low of 11. Chance of snow at night.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with high near 28 with chance of snow.

Source: National Weather Service

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