More rain coming, and the first flakes may fly in the near future

The Detroit News

Get ready for more rain over the next couple of days — and next week, a cold front could produce a few flakes.

Showers are expected to begin Thursday night and continue into Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Portions of Metro Detroit will see rainfall ranging from a quarter to a half-inch near Howell to a half- to 1 inch from Port Huron to Detroit. Monroe is expected to see up to 1.5 inches.

William Lovelady, an Oak Park Department of Public Works employee, removes debris and leaves from a storm server drain in the 23000 block of Radclift Street in Oak Park after the rain on Monday.

Temperatures will reach 61 Thursday and then rain returns during the night, the weather service said. Friday temperatures are expected between 47 and 52 in the morning, and up to 58 by afternoon, with a 90% to 100% change of rain.

The new totals will add to those after widespread rain that started the workweek, leading to lakeshore flood advisories and breaking rainfall records in Detroit and Flint.

By Monday evening, Detroit Metro Airport had gotten 1.16 inches of rain, beating the Oct. 25 record of 1.09 inches set in 1991. Flint set a record with 1.12 inches, breaking a record set in 1939 of 0.71 inches, weather service records show.

But next week's forecast hints at a turn to much colder temperatures.

The cold front arriving from the northwest early next week will include a cold blast of air, the weather service says, with "wintry features."

"All this is to say that some melting snowflakes are in-play on Tuesday with below normal temperatures," the weather service says, with the forecast in Metro Detroit calling for highs in the 40s Tuesday, in the mid- to low 30s Tuesday night and the 40s again Wednesday.