Northern Michigan under the gun for severe storms today into tonight

Multiple rounds of thunderstorms remain in the forecast through Friday morning.

Multiple rounds of thunderstorms remain in the forecast through Friday morning.

Parts of Northern Michigan woke up early Thursday to passing thunderstorms. These storms developed over Minnesota and rolled into the region a couple hours before sunrise. There was a narrow corridor in parts of Northern Manistee/Wexford and Southern Benzie/Grand Traverse counties where some stronger winds were noted. Those storms quickly diminished as they raced east.

The next round of storms based on the latest information should arrive mid/late afternoon across Northern Michigan mainly along/north of highway M-32. These storms are riding just along/north of a warm front with the potential for strong/damaging winds and some hail with torrential downpours. A few places likely to see storms this afternoon are Petoskey/Harbor Springs/Bellaire/Charlevoix/Indian River/Gaylord. Further south it should remain dry for most places.

The next and final round of storms will sweep in sometime Thursday night although the timing is still a bit uncertain. The approach of a cold front will certainly light up thunderstorms over Wisconsin and parts of Upper Michigan. These storms will then cross into our area overnight. Regardless of the timing, we do expect a severe weather threat with these storms with the chance for a few storms to produce some wind damage or large hail along with prolific lightning and heavy rain. These will race through winding down Friday morning.

Following that, a few showers will hang on into the mid-afternoon hours of Friday before cooler/drier weather trickles in for the weekend. Both Saturday and Sunday will remain dry with highs in the 60's to low-70's.