Metro Detroit weather: Threat of severe storms for Thursday night expands

Temperatures could reach 80 degrees this weekend

The threat of severe storms has expanded. Our West and South zones are now under a slight risk (level 2) with most everyone else under a marginal risk (level 1) for severe weather.

The storms on our 4 Live Radar early Thursday evening won't be a factor besides a passing early evening shower.

We'll be watching west central Michigan closer to 8 p.m. for a batch of storms to develop, then track southeast towards us. Be vigiliant from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The most likely threat will be large hail and damaging winds. A tornado cannot be ruled out, but it's a very low probability.

Any shower that hangs around past that will be light and widely scattered. Then, look for at least some sunshine mixed with clouds during a cooler Friday.

The weekend won’t be completely dry, but the majority will be rain-free.

Expect rain early Saturday morning. Dry conditions will persist through mid-afternoon Sunday. Highs will be below normal, in the upper 60s, Saturday, but we’ll touch 80 degrees Sunday afternoon.

After a brief cooldown early next week, we’ll stay pretty close to normal heading into Memorial Day weekend.

Watch the Facebook Live update from just before 10 p.m. via the embedded post below:

Ben Bailey is tracking the threat of severe storms for Local 4 News at 11

Posted by WDIV Local 4 / ClickOnDetroit on Thursday, May 16, 2019