Freezing rain and unseasonably cool temps Sunday


Sunday morning churchgoers and commuters had to build more time into their commutes to scrape the ice off their vehicles, but by noon temperatures should be comfortably above freezing, and the threat of additional freezing rain should be eliminated.

 

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for counties along and north of M-59 and a winter weather advisory has been issued for Macomb, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. The advisory expired at 10 a.m., the warning at noon, said Alex Manion, a National Weather Service meteorologist. 

Michigan State Police report that roads in Metro Detroit are relatively free of crashes Sunday morning, with only two on the freeway system. They offered a reminder to motorists: driver behavior, not weather, causes crashes.

 “Quick reminder that weather does not cause crashes, drivers do! No matter the condition, be it ice, snow, rain or even sunshine it’s how drivers react to the conditions that makes it a safe trip or a crash.”

The day will take a turn toward warmth, while still being well short of where temperatures should be for this time of the year. For instance, while Sunday will see highs in the lower 40s, the average high should be 59 degrees, meaning Metro Detroit could fall 15 degrees or more short.

Eastern communities along Lake St. Clair are also under a lakeshore flood warning, until 4 p.m., according to a Weather Service statement on the flood warning, “residents on or near the shore…should be on alert for rising water and take appropriate action to protect life and property.” 

 

No day until Wednesday is projected to have a high temperature above 45 degrees, and no day this week is protected to hit 55 degrees. 

Extended forecast

Sunday: Rain with a high of 46 degrees; low of 37 degrees.

Monday: Showers of rain or snow with a low of 31 and a high around 41 degrees.

Tuesday: Highs of 44; low temperatures around 31. It will be partly sunny.

Wednesday: A chance of showers after 2 p.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 50. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

srahal@detroitnews.com

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