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Thursday’s Late Rain is Followed by Cold Air
Published: Mar. 23, 2022 at 7:27 AM EDT|Updated: 10 hours ago
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - One more day of mild air is in store for us before the return of the cold, which will immediately follow some late-day showers on Thursday.

Highs managed the middle 70s today as high clouds filtered in from the west, making it our warmest day of the week. Lows stay close to 50° tonight as the cloud cover holds on. It has been a beautiful first five days of October, and we’ll be able to get one more day of above average warmth with highs in the lower 70s on Thursday. While most of the day is dry, some late-day rain showers arrive for the early evening, quickly passing as we head into Thursday night. As we have been advertising all week, following directly behind these showers is a powerful cold front bringing chilly air back into the region.

Whether or not we make it back above 50° for the daytime high on Friday will all depend on how much sunlight is able to stream through the clouds. Friday is a partly to mostly cloudy day containing a stiff north breeze that will provide a wind chill for most of the day. The forecast high is currently 50° for the final day of the workweek, and no matter what this will be the coldest daytime high temperature in Mid-Michigan since it was just 44° on April 27th. By Friday, this will have been 163 days ago!

Temperatures continue to plummet into Friday night, with a widespread frost expected as the numbers crash into the lower 30s. We may even see some folks in especially rural areas dip just barely into the 20s by sunrise on Saturday morning. Sunshine will help our temperatures recover into the middle 50s on Saturday and lower 60s Sunday, but we are still below average for both weekend days. For those tailgating for or attending the 4:00 PM MSU football game against #3 Ohio State, be sure to wear plenty of layers as it will easily be the coldest game of the season thus far.

Most of next week should get back into a bit of comfortable air, with daytime highs in the 60s and overnight lows in the 40s. This is very close to normal for middle October. Much of the stretch is also dry but we will work a couple more rain chances in towards the end of next week.

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ALMANAC INFORMATION for October 5, 2022

  • Average High: 66º Average Low 45º
  • Lansing Record High: 87° 1900 and 1922
  • Lansing Record Low: 24° 2003
  • Jackson Record High: 88º 1900
  • Jackson Record Low: 24º 1965

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