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Cold Snap, More Snow Coming To Metro Detroit

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DETROIT (WWJ) - After a brief reprieve from the extreme winter weather, when the Detroit-area enjoyed sunny skies and highs in the 40s, another cold snap bringing more snow is expected to hit the region.

Forecasters say the bitter cold will return to Metro Detroit overnight Tuesday, with temperatures approaching the record low of -1 degree set back in 1963. But it’s going to feel much colder, with 14 to 20 mph winds creating chills as low as 20 degrees below zero.

CBS 62 Chief Meteorologist Jim Madaus said the bitter temperatures are at least 10 to 15 degrees below normal for this time of year.

“After the mid-20s on Tuesday, we’re going to drop down into the teens for the rest of the week and even into next week,” he said.

Forecasters say highs on Wednesday and Thursday will be in the mid-teens, but the wind chill will keep temperatures feeling below zero all day long. Things will only get colder overnight Thursday and into Friday morning, with negative temperatures expected to break the previous record of 1 degree below zero. The extreme cold could also cause school closures.

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The region could finally see some sunshine on Friday, but it won’t be enough to warm things up; the high is only expected to reach about 15 degrees. Forecasters say snow could start falling Friday, accumulating a coating of about an inch overnight.

On Saturday, skies will be mostly cloudy and it will feel a bit warmer, in the mid- to upper-20s, but things will take a turn for the worse overnight. Temperatures will drop to single digits and an estimated 2 to 4 inches of snow is expected to accumulate.

Then, the region will start next week off with scattered flurries Sunday. Forecasters say sleet and freezing rain could fall at times overnight, leaving an icy coating for the Monday morning commute.

Here’s the local forecast from the CBS Detroit Weather Team:

Tuesday – Mostly cloudy and very cold with a snow shower; breezy this afternoon. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph. High 25F.
Tuesday Night – Mostly cloudy, breezy and cold with the temperature approaching the record low of -1 set in 1963. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph. Low 3F.

Wednesday – Mostly cloudy, windy and frigid. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph. High 16F.
Wednesday Night – Cloudy, brisk and cold; some snow late with little or no accumulation. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 mph. Low 6F.

Thursday – A snow shower in the morning; otherwise, clouds breaking for some sun, windy and frigid. Winds WNW at 20 to 30 mph. High 12F.
Thursday Night – Mainly clear with the temperature breaking the record of -1; extreme cold can be dangerous late. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph. Low -4F.

Friday – Some sun, then increasing clouds and cold; extreme cold can be dangerous in the morning. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. High 15F.
Friday Night– Frigid with a little snow at times, accumulating a coating to an inch. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Low 15F.

Saturday – Light snow during the morning will give way to cloudy skies during the afternoon. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph. High 27F.
Saturday Night – Frigid with snow. Accumulations 2-4 inches. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph. Low 12F.

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