Metro Detroit weather: Flood watch issued with torrential downpours possible

Showers, storms to hit Tuesday afternoon through Thursday

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DETROIT – Our weather scenario for this week appears to be playing out as expected.

While a few light showers cannot be ruled out this Tuesday morning through mid-afternoon, this part of the day will be more dry than wet for most of us. In fact, some of us may even see a few breaks of sun this morning before showers and storms later.

Temperatures will rise into the mid 70s by noon, and then level off there this afternoon as the clouds increase.

A line of showers and thunderstorms, some with torrential downpours, will move into the area later this afternoon and continue through Tuesday night.

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It’ll still be warm and muggy out there when we go to bed, but once a cold front passes by overnight, temps will crash into the mid 50s by the time we wake up Wednesday morning. Winds will blow from the south at around 15 mph, with gusts to around 20 mph possible.

Today’s sunset is at 7:32 p.m.

Raining through Thursday

A steady, pouring rain will continue through the day on Wednesday, although some computer models suggest there may be a little less of it west of US-23. Temperatures will remain steady in the mid 50s which, combined with the rain and windy conditions, will make for a crummy day. Maybe stay inside and find a sock drawer to clean out!

Rain will continue into Wednesday night, although some breaks may develop later at night. Lows will be in the upper 40s.

Another surge of rain moves in on Thursday. Highs will be in the mid-to-upper 50s. It’ll be yet another day to stay inside and, this time, clean out an underwear drawer. Or maybe tackle the basement.

Total rainfall from Tuesday through Thursday will exceed 3 inches in some areas, so flooding is a concern. Accordingly, the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for all of Southeast Michigan through Thursday morning.

Clear storm drains to help prevent flooding

While there’s still time before this rain event begins, make sure that the storm drains on your street are clear of debris. This past summer, I saw many, many clogged storm drains all over town before our 1,000 year rain event, which undoubtedly contributed to the severe street flooding in some areas.

Storm Drain

Also, head over to the hardware store and buy an extended piece for the downspouts on your home and extend them so they discharge the roof water farther away from your house. Those downspout extender pieces are not expensive, and you can help mitigate some of the threat of water getting into your basement.

We will finally get a break from the rain on Friday: a partly cloudy day with highs back up to near 70 degrees.

Some rain this weekend

It appears that a Friday night cold front will move a bit slower than expected, so showers are possible through Saturday morning. Skies will hopefully become partly cloudy at some point Saturday afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 60s.

It will be mostly sunny on Sunday, with highs in the upper 60s.

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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.