Local 4Casters: Chance of severe storms Wednesday


DETROIT – We have several chances to get wet throughout the forecast, but really only one widespread shot. And that, unfortunately, is coming with a severe storm risk on Wednesday.

For the rest of Tuesday night, any stray shower that is still around will be fading quickly toward sunset. It will be another muggy and mostly cloudy night as temperatures drop to only 70 degrees.

Wednesday will start dry, but we'll start watching for thunderstorms early in the afternoon. Any storms that pop up could bring damaging winds and heavy rain.

There is a lot of uncertainty in this forecast. If cloud cover sticks around through much of the morning, that will keep instability limited and cut down the severe risk. But if thunderstorms are delayed until late afternoon or early evening, they will have more instability to fuel them.

Highs should only reach the low 80s unless the storms are delayed, which would mean we could get into the mid and possibly upper 80s. Then we'll look for a late night chance of rain when the cold front approaches. That rain should be our most widespread of the forecast, but the severe threat should be gone by that point.

Expect the rain to linger into Thursday's morning commute.

Rain will exit Thursday before 10 a.m. Then the clouds break and the humidity drops for a cooler, more comfortable day. Highs Thursday will only make the mid 70s.

We'll stay dry Friday through most of the weekend as temperatures return to average highs for Saturday and Sunday. It looks like we could see a late thunderstorm on Sunday before another cool down arrives early next week.

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