Periods of rain & falling temperatures this upcoming week
A FLOOD WATCH will be in effect for Osceola, Clare, Mecosta, and Isabella counties from 2PM Monday through 8AM Tuesday. 1-3" of rain is expected in these counties, with isolated amounts upwards of 4-5".
Fall returns with a vengeance, as northern Michigan will see periods of soaking rain and falling temperatures throughout the upcoming week.
Rain will continue to progress in a west to east fashion across the region throughout Sunday evening, out ahead of slow moving cold front. The current batch of showers this afternoon will move out early in the overnight, only to be replaced by more batches of rain as the above mentioned cold front stalls out over Lake Huron. Majority of the rain overnight will be focused east of US-131, where amounts can reach over half an inch. Precipitation chances decrease tonight for those closer to Lake Michigan and in the Upper Peninsula. Some late-night clearing is possible in Luce Co., as well as the western portions of Chippewa and Mackinac counties. Lows will generally range from the upper 40s to the lower 50s, with the exception being in the Upper Peninsula - lows bottoming out near the 40 degree mark due to some clearing. Winds shift towards the NW by the end of the night, around 5-10 mph.
On Monday, a strengthening area of low pressure will move towards the Great Lakes, along the stalled out cold front. This will bring steady rain the entire day for communities closer to Saginaw Bay and the Lake Huron shoreline. Most of northern Michigan will stay on the dry side, especially the farther northwest you are. Clouds will be around most of the day, but the sun will try to sneak through - again, best chances for seeing some sunshine will be the farther northwest you go. High temperatures will range from the middle 50s to around 60 degrees.
Monday night into Tuesday - rain works back into all of northern Michigan, some of which will be on the heavy side. The heaviest rain, as of now, appears to be focused east of I-75 and into mid-Michigan. Winds will also begin to pick up on Tuesday, especially towards the Lake Michigan shoreline. It will be a damp, windy, gloomy day on Tuesday all across the mitten state. Temperatures on Tuesday will only reach the lower 50s at best.
Dry weather returns briefly late Wednesday and into Thursday, before rain chances ramp back up throughout the weekend. Temperatures on Wednesday will be chilly, highs only in the middle to upper 40s.
-Meteorologist Blake Hansen