After a wintry blast on Friday, Metro Detroiters can expect clearer, colder conditions over the weekend.
The thermometer is set to plummet to around 10 degrees overnight, with wind chill readings approaching minus 10 by Saturday morning, said Jordan Dale, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township.
Highs Saturday and Sunday should be around 16 and 20 degrees — more than a dozen degrees below average for this time of year, weather service records show.
“It’s just going to be very cold through the weekend,” Dale said. “We’ll have to use our cold weather precautions that we’ve practiced over the last two weeks.”
After prolonged cold to start 2018, southeast Michigan flirted with springlike warmth this week.
Just after midnight Thursday, Detroit Metro Airport recorded a temperature of 55 degrees. But as a strong storm system passed near the region, “it’s pulling cold air south,” Dale said.
Temperatures Friday plunged into the teens by 7 p.m., and some communities in Oakland and Livingston counties reported as much as 3 inches of snow.
Meanwhile, officials warned residents of potential flooding due to potential ice blockage on the St. Clair River.
“Given the much colder air in place, conditions will remain favorable for ice blockages through Sunday,” county officials wrote on Facebook.
The cold air is expected to linger through Monday, when the forecast calls for more snow.
“It looks like we have a good shot at a few inches,” Dale said. “We’ll be refining that accumulation forecast over the weekend.”
Saturday: Partly sunny with a high near 16 degrees and a low of about 7 degrees. Winds could reach gusts of up to 25 miles per hour. The wind chill factor could be as low as -7 degrees.
Sunday: Mostly sunny with a high near 20 degrees and a low of about 12 degrees.
Monday: Snow showers with a high near 24 degrees and a low of about 14 degrees. The area could get up to two inches of snow.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with a high near 21 degrees and a low of about 9 degrees. Snow showers are expected to fall after 1 p.m.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny with a high near 19 degrees and a low of about 12 degrees.
Thursday: Mostly sunny with a high near 25 degrees.
Source: National Weather Service