Cold arctic air settles in, but temps return to 50 next week

Detroit — The wintry blast that dropped snow across southeast Michigan Wednesday has been replaced by arctic air that will stay through the weekend then a warm-up next near 50 degrees.


Freddie Williams Jr., 63, of Oak Park uses a leaf  blower to clean his neighbor's car on the 2300 block of Harding St. this morning.

Northern winds Thursday have dropped temperatures into the 20s and could continue slick road conditions that hampered drivers Wednesday in some areas, the weather service said. Numerous crashes were reported on Interstates 94, 75 and 696 on the Michigan Department of Transportation's Twitter feed Wednesday night. 

Thursday is expected to be dry, cold and windy, with gusts as high as 30 miles per hour, and a high in the upper 20s. Wind chills could hover in the single digits in the morning.

Through Wednesday evening, before a winter weather advisory ended, snowfall totals included 6.3 inches in Shelby Township, 6.2 in Lenawee County, 5.8 in Ypsilanti, 5.6 in Northville, 5.2 in Howell and Port Huron, 5.1. in Saline, 5 in Wolverine Lake and Beverly Hills, 4.8 in Brighton, 4.6 at Detroit Metro Airport in Romulus, 4.5 in Garden City, 4.4 in Clarkston, and 4 in Farmington and Milford, according to the National Weather Service.


After hundreds of schools closed Wednesday, many districts were closed again Thursday. For a full list, check out the listings at Fox 2 Detroit.

Similar conditions are on tap Friday, when the low could dip into the teens, which is at least 5 degrees below average for the date, weather service records show.

The forecast calls for the mercury to rise into the 30s on Saturday and Sunday, then upper 40s on Monday, when rain is expected.

The chance for precipitation lingers on Tuesday and Wednesday, when highs both days could reach 50.