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Posted on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 : 9:16 a.m.

Cold and snow Thursday and Friday, then temperatures near 50 by next week

By Cindy Heflin

If you’re tired of single-digit temperatures, you’re in luck. Another very cold day is on tap for Thursday, but temperatures will soon start to moderate. By next week, the thermometer will be pushing 50 again.

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Snow could make for some hazardous driving in the Ann Arbor area Friday before warmer weather comes to our area next week.

Daniel Brenner | AnnArbor.com

Before we get there though, prepare to deal with some snow on Friday. The forecast calls for 1 to 3 inches in the Ann Arbor area.

The recent cold snap has pushed temperatures in Michigan 10 to 15 degrees below normal, said Matt Mosteiko, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township.

The normal high for Ann Arbor for this time of year is 31 degrees, said University of Michigan weather observer Dennis Kahlbaum. The normal low is 16. For the past few days we’ve been experiencing highs in the teens and lows in the single digits or colder. The overnight low Kahlbaum recorded Tuesday morning was 3 below zero

Today, though forecasters expect a high of 18, winds are making it feel much colder. At 8:20 a.m. the temperature was 8 degrees with a wind chill of 5 below, Mosteiko said. The winds will become less of a factor as the day wears on, he said.

Thursday night, there’s a 40 percent chance of snow after 1 a.m. Mosteiko said it wouldn’t amount to much more than flurries. The low will be around 8 degrees with wind-chill values as low as 1 below.

Friday, Mosteiko expects about 2 inches of snow for southeast Michigan, including Ann Arbor. A high of 23 is forecast, but winds will make it feel as cold as 2 below zero. The chance for snow is 80 percent.

Friday night, scattered snow showers are possible with a low around 12 degrees.

Saturday and Sunday will be partly sunny and warmer with a high of 24 on Saturday and temperatures expected to reach 27 on Sunday.

The serious warm-up starts on Monday when a high of 35 is expected. The bad news? It could come with some rain, snow and sleet.

For Tuesday, forecasters expect a high of 48 degrees. Showers are likely.

For updated forecasts and conditions anytime, check AnnArbor.com's weather page.

Comments

Ross

Thu, Jan 24, 2013 : 6:40 p.m.

Article fails to mention that the warm up is extremely short lived and we're back below freezing by Thursday. The polar vortex is still located not too far away in Canada. Weather prediction models still agreeing on a blast back to very cold weather come early Feb. This winter is legit.

Ann English

Sat, Jan 26, 2013 : 1:32 a.m.

The shorter the period of warm temperatures, the smaller the chance of a tornado. Very cold weather, very dry air, not conditions for thunderclouds, from which tornadoes come.

ItsTheTruth

Fri, Jan 25, 2013 : 1:41 p.m.

Thanks for spreading sunshine

tdw

Thu, Jan 24, 2013 : 7:11 p.m.

Hey..I know this winter is legit but It'll be nice to have a break for a few days

dading dont delete me bro

Thu, Jan 24, 2013 : 5:07 p.m.

for real?

tdw

Thu, Jan 24, 2013 : 3:48 p.m.

Good.I'll be able to get outside and get off this stupid computer

tdw

Thu, Jan 24, 2013 : 7:04 p.m.

Ross.....Ok that's fine.I've got plenty to do in the garage

Ross

Thu, Jan 24, 2013 : 6:38 p.m.

Maybe not. The warm weather is only coming along with rain. Followed by a snap back to highs in the 20s come Thurs. So, don't get used to it.

Kyle Mattson

Thu, Jan 24, 2013 : 6:17 p.m.

I hear ya tdw- I'm starting to get the 'golf' itch. Will have to get in at least a trip to driving range if it does warm up a bit!