A brief reprieve from rain and storms on the way

Thunderstorms have dropped heavy rain in spots, but will wind down with sunshine back in the forecast Thursday.

Another day, another round of rain for parts of Northern Michigan although it could be worse, with some flooding noted in the Grand Rapids area Wednesday morning along with golf ball size hail near Grandville in Kent County.

A frontal boundary lies over Southern Michigan extending all the way back west into Nebraska. Thunderstorms the past two days have developed over the Plains and then tracked toward Michigan along/north of that front. Fortunately, while we've had some rain, the overall severe weather locally has been pretty minor. We did have a confirmed EF-1 tornado touchdown in Hale located in Iosco County east of the West Branch area Tuesday afternoon which produced some damage, but no injuries.

Rain and some thunderstorms will linger into Wednesday afternoon/evening for parts of Lower Michigan. However, the U.P./Straits should escape any additional rain with sun breaking through there. By evening, storms will come to an end with all rain getting pushed far downstate and out of the area. In fact, high pressure will exert some influence on the region leading to clearing skies Wednesday night and a dry/mainly sun filled sky Thursday. Winds Thursday will turn out of the east.

Looking ahead to our first weekend of summer, a weak disturbance will slowly meander through keeping a few showers and perhaps a rumble of thunder in the forecast starting Friday night through Sunday. Even with that being the case, it will not rain the whole time and any rain will be very scattered in nature. Daytime highs the next week remain consistent with lots of 70's.