Metro Detroit climate: April Snow Showers!

An area with rain and snow showers is moving down this morning, and we will see that in the morning it merges into our area and in the late morning there are only rain showers, which then turn into scattered rain showers in the afternoon. Remember, just like what we show you on TV, the live radar in the free Local4Casters weather app is color-coded so you can see where the precipitation is liquid or frozen. Also think of our FutureCast product which shows you the projected movement of the precipitation pattern.

We start the day in the 30s (1 to 2 degrees Celsius) and will have trouble reaching the top 40s (9 degrees Celsius) this afternoon. In fact, some of us won’t even hit our top 40s. Allow for a westerly wind of 10 to 15 mph and it will be a rough, cool April day.

If you are one of the lucky (or unfortunate) ones to see these snowflakes today and then wonder how unusual it is, you can be sure that April snow isn’t that unusual. Sure, it’s not nearly as common as March snow, but it does. In fact, today’s record snow of 2.6 inches was only seven years ago in 2014. And, as I remind you every year, Detroit’s largest snowfall ever occurred on April 6, 1886, when we got 24.5 inches! Oh happy day …

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Today’s sunrise is at 6:52 a.m. and today’s sunset is at 8:15 p.m.

There will still be some isolated showers on Thursday evening, and some wet snowflakes are possible later in the night. Lows in the mid-30s (2 degrees Celsius).

Mostly cloudy on Friday, still possible with a few morning showers in the thumb. High in the mid-50s (13 to 14 degrees Celsius).

Clouds break up on Friday evening, with lows in the mid-30s (2 degrees Celsius). By the way, if the sky is clear enough on Friday night, take a look at the western sky as soon as it’s dark. You will see a pretty crescent moon with the planet Mars right above it!

Weekend update

We will start our Saturday with partly cloudy skies, but the clouds should increase on Saturday afternoon. Highs in the upper 50s to almost 60 degrees (15 degrees Celsius).

Mostly cloudy on Saturday evening with sprinkler possible. Lows in the low 40s (5 degrees Celsius).

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Mostly cloudy on Sundays, with a stray shower possible … many of us may get dry. High in the low 60s (16 degrees Celsius).

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