Forecast: More much-needed rain on the way to metro Detroit

How much of the weekend will be affected?


DETROIT – Some of us got a nice rain this morning, while others barely had enough to wet the pavement.

Fortunately, more rain is on the way tonight into Saturday morning -- but I think we'll salvage dry weather for the remaining 75 percent of our weekend. However, let's hope for a good soaking tonight, because we desperately need rain, and another abnormally dry spell looms ahead, as you'll read below.

While an isolated shower or thunderstorm is technically possible this afternoon, I think most of us will be dry. Temps should remain mainly in the 70s -- perhaps barely touching 80° (27° Celsius for you Canadians) in the warmest locations that get a few peeks of sun.

Showers and thunderstorms are likely tonight, with lows in the mid to upper 60s (19° Celsius). Southwest wind at 7 to 12 mph.

Scattered showers and possible thunderstorms are likely Saturday morning ahead of our approaching cold front, and a strong wind gust isn't out of the question given the strong wind field aloft (despite weak instability). The front should cross the area late morning or early afternoon, taking the rain with it. You'll also notice when this front comes through by the sharp shift from a southwest wind to a northwest wind -- and that wind behind the front will increase, as well. In fact, by mid-afternoon, it wouldn't surprise me to see gusts to or even above 30 mph. Highs in the mid 70s (24° Celsius) as some sunshine builds in behind that front.

Saturday's sunrise is at 7:17 AM, and Saturday's sunset is at 7:36 PM.

Mostly clear and much colder Saturday night, with lows in the mid 40s in the coldest locations, to near 50° in the bigger cities.

Mostly sunny on Sunday -- a great Cider Mill day! Highs in the upper 60s.

Mostly sunny Sunday night, with lows again in the 45° to 50° range.

As mentioned yesterday, next week looks to bring yet another extended dry spell, with mostly sunny skies at least through the end of the week. In fact, some of today's computer models keep us dry for ten days. That's why we desperately need some good soaking rains tonight. I doubt we'll get enough, but we'll take anything at this point. Highs next week will start in the low 70s, and then creep up into the mid 70s. Overnight lows will also slowly rise, from the upper 40s early in the week to the mid 50s by the end of the week.

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