Showers and storms to end the workweek
Fri, 02 Aug 2013 14:32:25 GMT —
A system pushing through the Great Lakes region will cause showers and storms Friday, but things clear out for the weekend.
Low pressure and a cold front are working their way across Michigan today, touching off rounds of rain and storms, and keeping our temperatures below normal.
Friday morning we're already seeing scattered rain and thunderstorms. Some woke up to clear, sunny skies, but others experienced a rainy commute. Some strong storms also moved through the Northern Lower mid-morning - causing some heavy rainfall, wind gusts around 40mph, and half-inch hail.
Throughout the day Friday, we'll see some sunshine, but expect passing clouds and showers/storms to remain in the forecast, re-developing this afternoon. Winds are westerly at 10-20mph. High temperatures look to reach the 70s across the area, with most in the mid-upper 70s Friday afternoon.
The warm sun will help provide some instability in the atmosphere for the afternoon, so some of those storms later in the day may turn severe. The main threats for these storms will be wind gusts over 60mph and small hail, but be prepared for heavy rain and frequent lightning.
We'll continue to keep you updated.
As we head later into the evening, we do keep chances for scattered rain around until late-night, when things turn partly cloudy. Sunset temperature will be about 67 degrees if you're headed to the Film Festival. Lows for tonight are back into the upper 40s inland, elsewhere lots of low to mid 50s.
The weekend will be fantastic thanks to high pressure moving in. We'll have temperatures around 70 degrees and plenty of sunshine both days.
We do still have some sun heading into the work week, but the chance of rain returns on Monday.