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Weather-wise expect warm temps but possible rain this Mother's Day weekend
Weather-wise expect warm temps but possible rain this Mother's Day weekend

Get ready for an active stretch of weather and, if you haven't already, be sure to follow me on Twitter at @PGLocal4 for personalized weather updates through the weekend.

A line of scattered downpours with pockets of lightning, isolated hail, and isolated strong wind gusts developed this afternoon along a line roughly from Sanilac County down through western St. Clair / northern Macomb Counties into northern Oakland County across Livingston County and into Jackson County. This should gradually settle down through the evening hours. Toward morning, another area of showers – possibly with some thunderstorms – will approach the area, and a few of us may see some of those. Very mild tonight, with lows in the mid 60s (17° Celsius for you Canadians), with light and variable wind.

The Mother's Day weekend forecast still remains very tricky, as we'll have a front hanging around the area all weekend long. However, this afternoon's computer models are offering some guidance as to the timing of some of our rain. The best chance to see any scattered showers and thunderstorms on Saturday will be during the afternoon hours. It won't rain all the time, and there will be parts of the day (particularly the morning) when it's not raining. If you have outdoor plans, be sure to stay ahead of the weather with the awesome radar display on the FREE Local4Casters weather app (most stations around the country charge for their weather apps…we designed ours in-house, and provide it to you at no cost). Just search under WDIV in the app store, and you'll see it right there. Highs Saturday in the upper 70s (26° Celsius). South-southeast wind at 8 to 12 mph. Saturday's sunrise is at 6:19 AM, and Saturday's sunset is at 8:41 PM.

Any scattered thunderstorms early Saturday evening will diminish, but more showers and storms should return between midnight and dawn Sunday morning. Lows in the upper 50s.

Showers and storms to start our Mother's Day should diminish by mid-morning and, with a bit of luck, we potentially could see a break from the rain mid-morning into early afternoon. However, more showers and storms are likely to re-fire by mid-afternoon and continue into the evening hours. If you have outdoor plans Sunday, stay very close to the radar on our Local4Casters app. Highs in the low to mid 70s.

Showers and thunderstorm chances continue Sunday night, with lows in the low 60s.

Monday is a day that I'm concerned about. A powerful upper-level system will impact the Great Lakes. While it's possible that we get a break from the rain for part of the day, I foresee a scenario where strong to severe storms could develop by late afternoon. Highs in the upper 70s.

Showers and thunderstorms continue into at least the first part of Monday night, then the rain ends as a cold front finally blows all of that weather to our east. Lows in the mid 50s.

Mostly cloudy, breezy and much cooler on Tuesday, with a few scattered showers possible. Highs in the low 60s.

Partly cloudy Tuesday night, with lows in the mid 40s.

Partly cloudy on Wednesday, with highs near 60°.

Becoming mostly clear Wednesday night, with lows in the low 40s.

Mostly sunny on Thursday, with highs in the mid 60s.

Mostly clear Thursday night, with lows in the mid 40s.

Mostly sunny on Friday, with highs near 70°.

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