Scattered showers and thunderstorms are headed to Metro Detroit tonight, but after that, clearer conditions — and slightly warmer temperatures — rule the week.

The light showers crossing the region are accompanying a sinking cold front, the National Weather Service says. “It’s going to gradually settle southwest toward the Ohio border then hang around in the morning,” said Bryan Tilley, a meteorologist with the NWS station in White Lake Township.

The greatest chance for showers is between 2-8 a.m., with the highest concentration, about a quarter of an inch, in Washtenaw, Wayne, Lenawee and Monroe counties, he said. But in areas doused with isolated thunderstorms, “some spots could see a little more.”

Any showers are expected to vanish by noon, leaving conditions a “little cooler and cloudier” than Monday, when temperatures reached the upper 60s, Tilley said.

The mercury could top out in the lower 60s on Tuesday, then drop into the 40s overnight, the weather service said.

Similar readings are forecast for Wednesday, when sunny skies emerge again. More of the same is set for the rest of the work week, but temperatures steadily climb near 70 by Friday, Tilley said. “That’s the way it should be this time of year.”

Mother Nature had other plans last weekend, though, when spots across the region reported a trace of snow and lows dipped near freezing.

Still, that’s not so unusual. “Believe it or not, there have been several Mays in the past where a trace of snow has been recorded,” weather experts said in a post on the NWS Detroit Facebook page.

Measurable amounts of the wintry white — at least 0.10 inches — are far less common in May, the officials noted: only eight notched any since 1880.

Compared to the recent cold spell, this weekend’s warmth “is going to seem like a lot of improvement,” Tilley said.

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