Cold to remain Monday, warmup coming Tuesday

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News
Third Street at Lafayette in Detroit, where the steam was rising from the manholes into the frigid air.

Metro Detroit will get a brief reprieve from a deep freeze before an arctic chill returns at the end of the week, according to the National Weather Service.

But the region has to get through Monday's frigid temperatures first. Morning lows were virtually below zero across all of southeast Michigan, with several locations dipping into the -10 to -15 degree range, the agency said. 

On the heels of snow and bitter cold over the weekend and a wind chill advisory that was in effect until noon Monday, temperatures are predicted to climb into the the single-digits. Wind chill is what the temperature outdoors feels like on human skin, based on heat loss. The weather service issues an advisory when wind chill temperatures are potentially dangerous and could result in frostbite or hypothermia, abnormally low body temperature. 

By 11 a.m., the temperature in Detroit had risen to about 1 degree and should hit a high of about 14 degrees with a wind chill of about -9 degrees.

Meteorologists at the weather service's White Lake Township office said a low pressure system will move into the region late Tuesday bringing some snow and draw in warm and moist air, resulting in a mix of sleet and freezing rain. One to 3 inches of snow is expected north of Interstate 69 and less than 1 inch is expected to the south.

On Tuesday, the weather is expected to warm up and high temperatures will linger Wednesday. Tuesday's high could reach 31 degrees and it may fall one degree for the day's low. 

Rain is possible Wednesday morning as the temperature rises to a high of near 40 degrees. 

Temperatures will start to fall again Thursday night and could drop into the high teens on Friday.

The average monthly high temperature for January in Detroit is 32 degrees and the average monthly low is 19, according to the weather service's records.

As of Monday, Detroit had seen about 6.4 inches of snow, most of which fell Saturday, according to the agency. The average monthly snowfall in Detroit for January is 12.5 inches.

Extended forecast

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with a high near 31 degrees and a low of about 30 degrees. Snow is expected before 10 p.m., sleet from 10-11 p.m. and then rain after 11 p.m.

Wednesday: Cloudy with a high near 40 degrees and a low of about 24 degrees. Rain likely before 1 p.m.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a high near 30 degrees and a low of about 14 degrees. A chance of snow at night.

Friday: Mostly cloudy with a high near 17 degrees and a low of about 8 degrees. A chance of snow at night.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a high near 18 degrees and a low of about 9 degrees. A chance of snow during the day and at night.

Sunday: Partly sunny with a high near 20 degrees.

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