Metro Detroit weather: Tracking severe storm, flood threats

Thursday will be stormy with a big batch of rain coming this weekend

During the afternoon, a cold front approaching during the hottest part of the day will generate a line of scattered thunderstorms. Not everybody will necessarily get one, but any storm that fires up will produce torrential downpours and possibly strong-to-severe wind gusts.
During the afternoon, a cold front approaching during the hottest part of the day will generate a line of scattered thunderstorms. Not everybody will necessarily get one, but any storm that fires up will produce torrential downpours and possibly strong-to-severe wind gusts.

DETROITGood Thursday afternoon!

A cold front approaching during the hottest part of the afternoon will generate a line of scattered thunderstorms. Not everybody will necessarily get one, but any storm that fires up will produce torrential downpours and possibly strong-to-severe wind gusts.

Temperatures will quickly rise into the mid 80s by early afternoon, then slip a bit due to the clouds and storms.

Wind will generally blow from the southwest at 10 to 15 mph, and will become gusty.

View: Live weather radar: Tracking storms in SE Michigan

Thursday’s sunset is at 9:08 p.m.

Showers and storms should diminish for some Thursday night (likely those more north). Lows will be in the upper 60s. Winds will shift to the north behind the cold front, then to the northeast later tonight, moving at 4 to 7 mph.

Some rain Thursday into Friday

Total rainfall from Thursday afternoon through Friday afternoon will likely be less than one inch for most, with totals above an inch for those who receive multiple heavy storms.

We’ll see periodic showers and possible thunderstorms on Friday, but I suspect there may be some breaks in the rain during parts of the day.

Highs will cool into the mid 70s due to the clouds and rain.

Heavy rains start Friday night

Rain and storms will increase Friday night into Saturday, with periods of very heavy rain likely. At this point, it appears that we could easily pick up an additional one-to-two inches of rain. So far, it appears that the highest risk for the heaviest total rain amounts is south of M-59. Total rain could be between two and three inches for some, so I have serious concerns about potential flooding.

Weekend forecast update

Highs Saturday will remain in the mid 70s due to the clouds and rain. With a bit of luck, the rain may end for those to the south and west by late afternoon Saturday.

Sunday looks dry for most of us right now, with only a lingering shower chance Sunday morning in the Thumb -- but that’s uncertain at this point. Highs Sunday will recover into the low-to-mid 80s.

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About the Author:

Local 4 meteorologist Paul Gross was born in Detroit and has spent his entire life and career right here in southeast Michigan. Paul has researched, written and produced eight half-hour documentaries for WDIV, as well as many science, historical and environmental stories.