New snow is expected to fall on Thursday evening

New snow is expected to fall on Thursday evening

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Temperatures are expected to warm Thursday, but so will snow accumulations, with 1-2 inches expected in metro Detroit during the morning until about 11 a.m., when the flakes will subside and then begin falling again in the evening.

“It’s going to be nice, compared to what it was before,” Sarah Schultz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told the Free Press, adding that highs will only remain in the mid-20s, still below freezing. “You’ll want to slow down because the snow will create some slick roads.”

For nearly a week now, the Midwest has been facing a snowstorm and high winds, knocking out power to tens of thousands of utility customers in Michigan. Then it hit a deep freeze, destroying car batteries and killing at least one person in Michigan and more nationally.

By about 7 or 8 PM on Thursday, snow is expected to start falling again in metro Detroit and by Friday morning there could be another 2-3 inches, perhaps more in the state’s thumb. Highs are expected to remain in the 20s through the weekend, including during the Lions’ game Sunday against the Buccaneers.

Win or lose, by next Monday, the highs should finally reach the low 30s.

Forecasts for next Tuesday and Wednesday indicate cold, snowy rain.

However, the extreme cold across the country has taken a devastating toll across America.

In Oregon, media reported that four people died, two of them after strong winds toppled trees, destroying an RV and a home. Elsewhere in the state, two people were found dead, who reportedly died of hypothermia. In Idaho, a skier died after being caught in an avalanche.

Schools are closed across Michigan and in the South, and many students in the greater Detroit area are expected to return to classrooms Thursday, some to take postponed final exams. Many areas were waiting for temperatures to rise, which could cause frostbite.

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By early next week, high temperatures should also return to what they typically are during the winter in Michigan, with temperatures in the low to mid-30s, still at or above freezing, forecasters said.

“We’re going to feel really warm because we’ve been below normal here the last few days,” Schultz said, adding with sarcasm, some Midwestern understatement. “It was a bit cold.”

Contact Frank Witsil: 313-222-5022 or fwitsil@freepress.com.

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