The sound of thunder boomed across parts of Northern Michigan Tuesday.
As expected, we started off Tuesday with some heavier downpours along with thunderstorms and even a report or two of some small hail mixed in with the stronger storms. Maple City in Leelanau County along with Parkdale near Manistee reported pea size hail Tuesday morning. However, any stronger instability for these storms is lacking keeping them below severe levels.
The steadier rain and thunderstorms will wind down and give way to a few much more "scattered" showers or thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon/evening. A warm front will lift into south-central Lower Michigan so closer to that front it will be warmer with temperatures Tuesday ranging from 53F at Engadine/Naubinway to near 70F at Big Rapids/Mt. Pleasant.
Tuesday night Northern Michigan will fortunately miss out on potential severe weather which may impact Southern Michigan overnight. The southern part of the state will be much more unstable in the warm sector of this low pressure system with thunderstorms developing near Chicago and then across southwest/southern portions of the Lower Peninsula Tuesday night. There is the risk for severe weather there, but again, that will miss our region.
While not as widespread Wednesday, we will keep some showers or isolated thunderstorms in the forecast (especially in the afternoon hours along/east of Interstate-75).
By Thursday, outside of a brief sprinkle, rain will end with some breaks in the clouds as this system moves out of the area. We do expect a cooler day Thursday on north or northwest winds, with some 50's or low-60's. In this case though, it's short lived as winds turn southwest by the weekend setting up a gorgeous Memorial Day weekend with highs in the 70's and even close to 80F in a few spots on Memorial Day itself.