The week got off to a slick, sloppy start in southeast Michigan, but those who don't relish shoveling snow and scraping ice are in luck: The temperature is expected to hit nearly 60 degrees Tuesday.
The area, including Oakland Township and Lake Orion, will have swung from being under a winter weather advisory Sunday to experiencing springlike temperatures and rain showers over the course of just two days, according to the National Weather Service.
The mix of snow and freezing rain that began Sunday and lasted overnight into Monday morning forced the Lake Orion Community Schools and Rochester Community Schools districts, as well as hundreds of others in the area, to close. However, the high Monday was expected to hit 46 degrees, according to the NWS.
The forecasting agency said temperatures will continue increasing to a high of 57 degrees, with rain showers, Tuesday. But, the warm-up will be temporary: The high Wednesday will be 45 degrees, with a mix of rain and snow, and the top temperature will plummet to a mere 22 degrees by Thursday, the NWS predicts.
The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for southeast Michigan that will remain in effect from Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning, warning that melting snow combined with rainfall could overwhelm the frozen ground's ability to absorb the moisture.
The wild weather makes life confusing enough for commuters and parents of school-age children, but imagine how Michigan's rodent weather prognosticator Woody feels. She will have to predict whether the state will experience an early spring Saturday during a Groundhog Day ceremony at the Howell Nature Center. Last year, she forecast an early spring.
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