Early Thursday storms produce some damage in parts of Northern Michigan
Most of Northern Michigan waking up to rain (some heavy) along with a few thunderstorms as the most substantial weather system of this week passes through.
There were reports of damage as thunderstorms rolled through between 4:00-4:30 a.m. leading to a 68 mph wind gust at Manistee's Blacker Airport and a 65 mph wind gust at Ludington. We had reports of trees and power lines down in Manistee with school closings in parts of Mason County because of power outages. There was also 1.15" of rain in Victory Twp. in Mason County in just under two hours. Kingsley in Grand Traverse County had quarter sized hail around 5:20 a.m.
Rain will continue through Thursday into early Friday. The heaviest rain will end with showers or a steady chilly light rain ongoing through the remainder of the day. Most areas will remain stuck in the 40's although along/south of highway M-55, 50's are possible. Severe weather threat locally is very small but there is a greater threat for severe thunderstorms in southern Michigan including Detroit which will lie in the warmer portion of this system and see high temperatures in the mid-70's Thursday.
With the heavy rain there certainly will be some rises on local rivers/streams although at this point I don't foresee any substantial flooding.
Early showers Friday will slowly wind down although it remains cloudy most of the day. We expect to see a little clearing later in the day with quiet/pleasant weather for the weekend. Highs Saturday in the 50's and 40's expected Sunday.