Metro Detroit weather warms up, then cools

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

It's going to feel more like spring than winter in Metro Detroit Friday, but winter will snap back with a cold spell after the weekend.

Bailey Buford, 7, of Detroit reaches the bottom of a giant slide at Winter Blast.

"We're in the mid-40s across the region right now," said Trent Frey, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township. "The normal temperature for Detroit this time of year is 32 (degrees.)"

Frey said the weather service's forecast calls for sunny skies and temperatures to reach a high of near 51 degrees. The low will fall to about 40 degrees as Detroit's annual Winter Blast is underway. 

The hottest Jan. 26 on record was in 1944 at 64 degrees, according to the weather service's records. The coldest was 9 degrees below zero set in 1897.

On Saturday, sprinkles could fall over the area after 1 a.m. 

"Tomorrow is going to be a little cooler, but still in the upper 40s for the Detroit area," said. "There could be some rain, but we're not expecting more than a few showers in the morning."

Heading into Monday, Old Man Winter will be back with lower temps in the high 20s.

"A cold front that's moving in will cool things down Sunday," Frey said. "By Monday, we'll be back to seasonal temperatures. There's also a chance for some flurries on Monday. It'll be back to winter."

Extended forecast

Saturday: Cloudy with a chance of showers before 1 p.m. A high of 47 degrees and a low of 30 degrees are expected.

Sunday: Partly sunny with a high near 40 degrees and low of 24 degrees.

Monday: Mostly cloudy with a high of about 28 degrees low of 13 degrees. There's a chance of showers before 1 p.m.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny and a high near 25 degrees and a low of about 20 degrees.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a high near 39 degrees and a low of about 30 degrees. There's a chance of rain and snow showers at night.

Thursday: Cloudy with a high near 35 degrees and a chance of rain and snow showers.

Source: National Weather Service