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Rapidly Falling Temperatures Will Bring Wind Gusts, Icy Roads Tonight

Temperatures will drop into the low 20s tonight in Chelsea and Dexter.

The story of southeast Michigan's wild January weather continues tonight, as forecasters call for a 30-degree temperature drop accompanied by high winds and snow.

In the Dexter and Chelsea areas — as in all across southeast Michigan — we've experienced snow, sleet, rain, fog and even thunder this week. 

It was 48 degrees at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Washtenaw County.

Tonight, according to the National Weather Service, temperatures are expected to drop to the low 20s. There is a 90 percent chance of snow in Dexter and Chelsea beginning tonight.

The hazardous weather outlook calls for "gusty winds" of up to 40 to 45 mph as well as icy conditions on the roads.

"Temperatures will fall rapidly late today and tonight. ..." according to the statement. "This will allow moisture left from earlier rainfall to freeze creating slick spots on untreated roadways and surfaces.

Here's what's in the forecast for the rest of the week:

  • Thursday: Scattered snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 25 degrees. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
  • Friday: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 19 degrees. West northwest wind 11 to 14 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 22 miles per hour.
  • Saturday: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 23 degrees. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

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