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Paul Gross: We got the rain in metro Detroit

Now we're waiting for the wind

DETROIT – The well-anticipated big slug of rain has progressed through the area, with scattered areas of light rain now in its wake.

Widespread rain amounts between 0.75" and 1.50" have been reported but, since our soil was very dry, the ground gladly soaked up a lot of that water. We really needed this rain! Now we turn our attention to the wind. Right now as I write this (2 p.m.), wind speeds are a very manageable 10-20 mph, with a few higher gusts.

Later tonight and early Thursday, a stronger wind field will develop, with wind blowing continuously at 25 to 35 mph, and possible gusts over 40 mph. We'll still have some scattered showers in the area, and don't be surprised if you wake up to some wet snowflakes, too! Lows tonight in the low 40s (5° Celsius for our Canadian neighbors).

Any scattered showers (rain or wet snow) on Thursday will be most prevalent during the morning hours. While I cannot rule out a scattered shower during the rest of the day, I think the activity will be in a steady diminishing phase. In fact, don't be surprised if you get a bit of midday sun. Highs will only rise into the upper 40s (9° Celsius), however, cold air streaming in combined with a very windy day will keep wind chills near 40° (4° Celsius).

Gradual clearing Thursday night, with a slackening of our wind speeds, too. Lows in the mid to upper 30s (3° Celsius).

Mostly sunny on Friday, with highs in the low 50s (11° Celsius).

Mostly clear Friday night, with lows in the upper 30s (3° Celsius).

Increasing clouds on Saturday, with highs in the mid 50s (13° Celsius).

The Halloween forecast is coming into better focus…and that focus continues to suggest a very, very close call with approaching rain. Most models develop some rain at some point during the evening, but the devil is in the details. If the rain comes in around 9pm, then Trick or Treaters are in pretty good shape. However, speed up that rain by only a couple of hours (which wouldn't make much difference most days), and we're in trouble. As I mentioned yesterday, I recommend planning on getting the kids out as early as possible. Temps during the peak Trick or Treating hours should be in the upper 40s.

Partly cloudy on Sunday, with highs near 60° (15° Celsius).

Then get ready for a nice stretch of dry, milder weather next week, with partly cloudy or mostly sunny skies Monday through Wednesday, and highs in the low to mid 60s (18° Celsius)!


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