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      Rain and a few stronger storms possible Tuesday evening

      Active weather will continue as we get ready to close out the month of April.

      A sprawling storm system that encompasses much of the Central U.S. will bring periods of rain to Northern Michigan and perhaps even a few stronger thunderstorms in spots Tuesday evening. A warm front is lifting into Michigan with a steady rain Tuesday morning lifting northward. Most of this will taper off to showers and in some cases drizzle into the afternoon across our northern counties. Temperatures across the Eastern U.P./Straits and much of northern Lower Michigan will remain in the 40's or low/mid-50's on gusty east winds.

      It will be a little different along/south of highway M-72 as the warm front mentioned above will try to make a run northward. In fact, the sun may attempt to break through for a bit Tuesday afternoon allowing for warmer temperatures here with some places reaching into the 60's in places like Ludington/Cadillac/Clare and perhaps Traverse City.

      Some of our higher resolution models are showing enough instability developing for thunderstorms to pop here in the late afternoon/early evening hours Tuesday. If that does happen, some of these storms could be strong to locally severe along/south of highway M-72. This would include places like Houghton Lake/Cadillac/Traverse City/Big Rapids/Clare among other locations with the primary threat hail and/or strong winds.

      Going forward, rain showers will be with us each day all the way through Saturday, although the steadier rains Tuesday/Wednesday will give way to more "scattered" type showers late in the week.