Active weather continues into tonight
Active weather will continue into Tuesday night before a couple of quieter days arrive.
Another round of thunderstorms and heavy rain slammed parts of Northern and Central Michigan early Tuesday with very heavy rain and even a few reports of some minor damage.
The bulk of the rain overnight was southwest of a Traverse City-Houghton Lake line including near Reed City where radar estimates that two to even three inches of rain came down in less than a two hour period. Officially, a spotter reported 1.62" of rain there this morning. While the rain came quick, it was good to see as many spots are running well below normal so far for the month of August.
We did have a few reports of some damaging winds with this line of storms. Locations around Big Rapids did have some power outages along with a few trees and power lines blown over. There were also a few minor reports of some trees and limbs down throughout parts of Mason County.
Going forward, there is a slight risk of severe thunderstorms later Tuesday afternoon/evening along and south of highway M-72 in the Lower Peninsula. This is highly dependent on some sun breaking through the clouds and the amount of instability that is generated. Some of our higher resolution weather models are painting a much quieter picture this evening due to the rains from this morning and early afternoon and extensive cloudiness precluding much from developing. If storms do break out this evening, they could have some large hail or damaging winds.
Temperatures will remain in the 80's Tuesday thanks to the clouds with drier weather Wednesday and Thursday. We stay in the 80's through the weekend before a sharp cold front passes just before Labor Day dropping temperatures then into the low-70's.