While a much needed drenching rain fell Tuesday morning over almost all of Northern Michigan, there were some stronger storms that did produce some damage.
Thunderstorms rolled into Northern Michigan quickly early Tuesday bringing with them torrential rain, some small hail, and frequent lightning. These storms rode into Northern Michigan at a good time, arriving in the late night hours when they had weakened some. So the overall severe weather threat was limited. Rain amounts varied, but some places picked up a quick inch of rain early Tuesday.
A second line of thunderstorms that developed over Southern Wisconsin early Tuesday tracked northeastward into our area mid-morning Tuesday and did produce some sporadic wind damage. We had reports of some trees down in parts of Grand Traverse (the Kingsley area) and also in parts of Kalkaska County along Sharon Road and in parts of Wexford County where a few power outages occurred.
Going forward, it appears most of the severe weather threat is just about over with these morning storms stabilizing the atmosphere with very little if any additional showers/storms the remainder of Tuesday. There is a frontal boundary lying across the area which is going to slowly drift south into Southern Michigan with time. That will have the effect of refocusing thunderstorms Wednesday a good 50-100 miles further south of where they rolled through Tuesday. In fact, it looks like Wednesday will end up dry over the Eastern U.P. and even a good portion of Northern Lower Michigan. Once you get along/south of highway M-32 Wednesday, there will be a risk for storms with an increased chance the further south you go. Places such as Traverse City/Cadillac/Houghton Lake/Clare may end up seeing another storm or two Wednesday.
By Thursday, high pressure will push that front out of the area completely with some sunshine and dry weather making a return to the region. Showers and some thunderstorms enter the forecast once again Friday into the upcoming weekend.