DETROIT (WWJ) – Cold weather is lingering in southeast Michigan, with freezing rain and snow in the forecast that could cause more problems.
Thursday morning temperatures dropped below zero in metro Detroit after warming up a bit Wednesday.
Highs in the 20s are expected Thursday, but things will start declining overnight, according to forecasters. A mix of snow and freezing rain is expected to start falling around 5 p.m., with an overnight low around 20 degrees. Less than an inch of accumulation is expected.
On Friday, we’ll get a little reprieve from freezing temperatures and might even see some sun, with a high around 36 degrees. Forecasters say a few showers in the evening will become a steady rain overnight, with wind gusts at 15 to 25 mph. The rain will cause rapid snow melt, which can lead to flooding in certain areas. The melted snow is unlikely to freeze, with an overnight low of 35.
The rain will linger on Saturday with scattered showers that will turn into rain or possibly flurries in spots throughout the afternoon, with a high around 43 degrees. Conditions will remain relatively dry overnight with a low around 30 degrees.
The weekend will wrap up on a high note, with mostly sunny skies forecast for Sunday and a high around 38 degrees. Cloud cover will increase overnight with lows near 30 degrees.
The “warmer” weather is a far cry from the record-low temperatures near 14 below zero that metro Detroit recorded earlier this week. The bone-chilling cold followed a multi-day snowstorm, which left over a foot of accumulation in some cities. Authorities are blaming the heavy snow and subsequent deep freeze for at least eight deaths. Three people were killed in crashes linked to icy road conditions, while five others collapsed and died while shoveling snow.
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