Risk for severe thunderstorms on Thursday

Highs in the mid, upper 60s

DETROIT – There is a "Marginal Risk" for severe weather in Detroit and much of Southeast Michigan Thursday. The late afternoon and evening are the target time periods. Afterward, colder weather arrives for this weekend and a number of days.

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Thursday morning drivers must remain alert on wet roads. Temps will be in the 50s as showers cruise across Detroit and Southeast Michigan. Persistent rain may lead to ponding on area streets and highways. Hyrdroplaning is possible, and motorists must avoid any standing water.

The rain will subside temporarily at lunchtime. Temps rise to the middle and upper 60s Thursday afternoon.

The National Weather Service has placed Detroit and Southeast Michigan in the "Marginal Risk" category for severe weather. Showers and thunderstorms will form and return to the region for the afternoon commute and dinner hour. Heavy rain, frequent lightning, hail and damaging wind are possible between 5pm and 10pm as storms line up in Southwest Michigan and Northern Indiana and plow through the Motown area.

Showers and storms leave after 10pm and get replaced with colder air Thursday night, this weekend and early next week. Overnight lows will be near 40°F.

Friday will be partly sunny, chilly and brisk with highs in the middle 40s; 5 to 10 degrees below average. 

Remember to bring potted plants and pets indoors overnight. Saturday and Sunday morning temps will be in the low 30s then 20s. Weekend afternoon temps will be in the 30s most of the time and top-out just above 40°F; 10 to 15 degrees below average. There will be a bit of sunshine over the weekend, but there is a chance of a light rain-snow mix Saturday night.

Temps slowly rise next week. Everyone will still need their winter coats, gloves, scarves and hats during the morning and at night. Highs will be in the mid to upper 40s. Lows will be in the 20s.


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