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Snow Falls Up North, Weather Service Makes First Snowman Of The Season In Gaylord [PHOTO]

When will it strike metro Detroit?

October 12, 2018 - 1:55 pm

(WWJ) It's raining, it's snowing, the old man is ... No? Not ready yet?

Many were caught by surprise when snow fell Up North overnight Friday, just a few days after temperatures were in the 80s with enough humidity to make it feel like August. 

There wasn't a lot of snow, but it was enough for the National Weather Service to cobble together a snowman and post the picture on their Facebook page.

The Weather Service said Thursday felt much colder, with temperatures falling into the 40s. The brisk and cloudy conditions continues into Friday with scattered rain showers. Gales are expected on portions of the Great Lakes through late tonight.

"The cool and unsettled pattern is expected to continue over the next several days," the Weather Service reported.

While metro Detroit isn't expecting snowfall this weekend, it would be a good idea to bring in or cover any sensitive plants. The National Weather Service has issued a Frost Advisory for all Southeast Michigan, in effect 2 a.m. to 8 a.m. Saturday. 

So when are the first flakes expected down state?

The first flakes may fall Sunday night, although it may stay too warm, Accuweather meteorologist Evan Duffey told WWJ Newsradio. After that, there will be a decent stretch of dry weather so no real snow showers are expected in metro Detroit anytime soon.

"Maybe some flurries Tuesday or Wednesday night, the lows will be down there," Duffey said, adding what's more certain is we'll start seeing morning frost starting probably Saturday.

"Monday night, Tuesday night, Wednesday, with the lows, there will be some frost coming up," he said.