Weather to improve through the weekend

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Good news for all of the Dapper Dans and modish maidens heading to Cobo Center for the Detroit auto show's Charity Preview Friday night: the weather will be warmer and drier than it's been all week.

"Tonight will be a nice change of pace, temperature-wise, from what we've seen in the month of December and January," said Alex Manion, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township.

He said Friday night's forecast for Metro Detroit calls for mostly cloudy skies with lows that will drop into the upper 20s to lower 30s.

"There's a ridge of high pressure so we're starting to see more southwesterly flow into the area, which is bringing in more moderate temperatures into the region," he said.

Cold, arctic air had been hovering over the area, dropping temperatures down into the low teens the first week of the month, Manion said. Temperatures rose briefly the following week, but then freezing cold gave Metro Detroit an encore last week with temperatures in the lower 20s, he said.

Friday night's charity preview is the annual black-tie event that kicks off the North American International Auto Show's public days, which run Jan. 20-28. Tickets are $14, but $7 for ages 7-12 and 65 and over.

Charity preview tickets are $400 per person, $390 of which is tax deductible. Proceeds from the event are used for support services for children of all ages from birth to 18.

The event has been held since 1976 and has raised more than $112 million for southeastern Michigan children's charities.

At any rate, Metro Detroit appears to be climbing out of a deep freeze over the next few days.

Manion said the weather will be dry heading into the weekend and warmer than normal temperatures will hang around for the next several days. The average monthly temperature for January in Detroit is 32 degrees. 

"Monday will bring us our warmest temperatures for the next several days with a high in the mid-to-upper 40s," he said.

Extended forecast

Friday: Partly cloudy with a high of 38 degrees and a low of about 30 degrees.

Saturday: Partly sunny with a high near 40 degrees and a low of about 32 degrees.

Sunday: Cloudy with a high near 40 degrees and a low of about 36 degrees. A chance of showers after 1 p.m. 

Monday: Showers with a high near 46 degrees and a low of about 34 degrees. 

Tuesday: Cloudy with a chance of rain and snow showers before 1 p.m. Temperatures are expected to reach a high near 36 degrees and low of about 23 degrees.

Wednesday: Partly sunny with a high near 32 degrees and a low of about 22 degrees.

Thursday: Mostly sunny with a high near 34 degrees.

Source: National Weather Service