Severe storm threat Thursday in metro Detroit

Possibility of thunderstorms in afternoon

DETROIT – Temperatures are rising, and so is the threat for severe weather.

Tonight, we’ll stay dry and mild.  Plenty of clouds will last through the overnight.  Temperatures will drop to the mid 50s with light east winds.

Thursday will start dry.  But as a warm front advances into the state, bringing our warmest temperatures of the forecast, there is a slight chance of a quick shower in the morning.  Once temperatures move into the mid 70s, we’ll start watching for thunderstorms to form.  There will be enough instability and upper-level dynamics to give us a slight risk of severe weather.  The biggest threat will be from straight-line winds of up to 60 mph.  Hail is also possible, possibly the size of quarters. 

The severe threat will be during a fairly narrow window from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday.  Beyond that, a cold front sweeps through ending the rain and storm threat.  And the colder air that follows will bring noticeably cooler temperatures for the finish of the week.

Highs Friday will return to the mid-and-upper 60s.  But both Saturday and Sunday, mid 50s are as good as things will get.  And rain chances return for both weekend days.

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