Forecast: Active pattern to continue

Published On: Jan 29 2014 05:14:36 PM EST
Updated On: Jan 29 2014 06:41:47 PM EST

January 2014 is headed for a snowfall record in Detroit.

DETROIT -

It will be mostly clear Wednesday night with temps dropping to between 5 and 10 degrees ABOVE zero.

However, southwest wind at 10-15 miles per hour will create wind chills down to near -5 by Thursday morning.

After a sunny start on your Thursday, clouds will increase. Highs will be in the mid 20s. Light snow develops Thursday evening, with snow accumulation averaging between 0.7 and 1.3 inches -- enough to see January 2014 move into first place as the snowiest overall month we've ever had here in Detroit.

It will be mostly cloudy on Friday, with highs in the mid to upper 20s. Snow develops later Friday night, with lows in the mid to upper teens.

Our Saturday storm is now looking more robust, and appears to be taking direct aim at us. It will probably snow most of the day, and preliminary estimates give us the potential for 3-5 inches.

It will be mostly sunny on Sunday and Monday, with highs near 20, then partly cloudy on Tuesday, with highs in the low 20s. What a concept -- three-straight quiet weather days. Haven’t had too many of those this winter, but don’t get used to it.

If you read my forecast on Tuesday you may recall my talking about a potentially big snowstorm brewing for Tuesday night into Wednesday and that things can change between now and then. Wednesday's computer models track that storm a bit more to the southeast, which would lessen its impact on us.

It's still way too early to get confident about its overall evolution, so I'll just have to keep an eye on the model trends and update you as I acquire new data.

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