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Bye, bye Polar Vortex: Temperatures to climb into upper 40s in metro Detroit

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Posted at 2:50 PM, Feb 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-01 15:00:18-05

(WXYZ) — January ended with record cold temperatures and now we will be easing out of the deep freeze as we start February. Temperatures will rise as much as 60 degrees this weekend from our lowest point during the brutal cold spell.

As the polar vortex retreats, our temperatures will slowly moderate into the 30s on Saturday. As the sun sets and temperatures tumble Saturday night, the chance for freezing drizzle or light freezing rain will be possible across Metro Detroit. It will be a close call with temperatures hoovering around 32° overnight. Since roads and sidewalks stay cold longer than the air temperatures after a cold weather outbreak, even drizzle can create icy conditions on untreated surfaces. Something we will be monitoring Saturday night.

A few spotty showers will be possible again on Sunday, more likely during the morning hours, as temperatures climb into the mid 40s. The best chance for more widespread rain arrives Monday. It will feel balmy as temperatures climb into the upper 40s!