Temperatures will begin slow climb

Christine Ferretti
The Detroit News

In the battleground between winter and spring, winter has been winning so far in April.

But the ground game may be changing this week.

Fresh from weekend snow and rain, the region is expecting a low Monday in the 50s with a chance of a few morning rain showers that will give way to a partly sunny afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Tuesday temperatures will be in the upper 40s and climb throughout the week to near 50 on Wednesday and 53 by Thursday. By Friday, it will be nearly 60 degrees, according to the weather service.

The wide swings and unsettled conditions are typical in April, said Bryan Tilley, a meteorologist with the weather service in White Lake Township.

“The last few days, winter has had the upper hand,” he said. “Over next week, spring is going to gain some traction.”

Sunday had a high temperature of 34. That’s well below the normal high of 57 for April 10. The chilly temperatures followed a string of days that were below normal, he said.

Warren resident Alex Bogert isn’t fond of the recent chilly temperatures but said the cold snap wasn’t surprising.

“I’m not a fan of it, but we do live in Michigan,” said Bogert, 28, who visited Campus Martius downtown with his friend Karl Joost, a Mount Clemens native who now lives in Chicago. “What do you expect?”

But Tilley said each day this week will get milder and finish off above normal.

“We have a pretty prolonged period of dry conditions expected,” he said. “The rest of the week is set up into a dry pattern that looks like it’s locked in pretty strongly.”

Meanwhile, Sunday’s snow showers racked up some “impressive” accumulations over a duration of three to five hours, Tilley said.

Metro Detroit had less snowfall than the northern suburbs before snow turned into rain showers in the later part of the day.

Oakland County’s Lakeville saw the highest totals at 3.8 inches in four hours; Lake Orion had 3 inches.

It’s too early to say snow is gone for good this season. Tilley said the record books have recorded small amounts into early May.