Cold, with freezing rain in northern suburbs, this weekend

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News
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An "unsettling weekend."

That's how meteorologists are describing upcoming weather conditions with scenarios that include freezing rain, snow, downed power lines and ice a half-inch or more. 

 After a sunny-filled, breezy Thursday, Metro Detroit was expected to be cold and damp with freezing rain over the weekend, the National Weather Service said. 

Northern areas, including the counties of Midland, Bay, Huron, Saginaw, Tuscola and Sanilac, could see up to a half-inch or more over a 24 hour period Saturday morning through Sunday, the weather service said.

"Sporadic shower activity Saturday afternoon could lead locally higher amounts," the weather service said. "Sleet may mix in at times." Winds could gust at 40 mph, "especially near the Lake Huron shoreline." 

The effects of the rain, ice and wind could cause icing on trees and power lines to be downed, it said.

By Monday, there's even chance of snow in the mix, with a high of 41 and low of 29.

Bryan Pilley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township, said the rain will start Friday and continue through Sunday. There's a chance of freezing rain. 

"It's going to start to get colder Friday with chances of rain showers, but we're going have to keep our eye on temperatures Saturday and Sunday," Pilley said. 

Showers are expected Friday with a high of 58 in Metro Detroit. Northern suburbs will be in the mid-50s and cloudy. There is a 50 percent chance of showers during the day, and an 80 percent change of rain Friday night, Pilley said. 

Saturday is expected to be about 42 degrees. Rain was expected with a chance of thunderstorms. 

On Saturday afternoon, freezing rain is possible in the northern areas of Oakland, Macomb and Livingston counties, Pilley said. 

"We've got near 100 percent chance of rain and possible thunderstorms," he said. "We have to keep an eye on temperatures. As it stands, there's a strong chance of freezing rain." 

Wind gusts up to 50 mph are possible in northern portions of the Lower Peninsula by Sunday, which should be breezy with showers and a high of 47. There's a 90 percent chance of showers during the day.  

By Monday, there's more rain with a high of 41 and a low of 29. 

Consumers Energy said it was preparing to place a second mobile storm unit near Jackson and Alma areas. 

Consumers advised customers to stay at least 25 feet away from downed power lines as well as anything they may be touching, and that operating a generator may produce hazardous levels of carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless and deadly gas.

Never use a generator in an attached garage, basement or near any air intakes, and never fuel a generator when it is running, it warned consumers.

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