Metro Detroit weather: Rainy Wednesday with afternoon severe storm threat

Region could see downpours, lightning, hail, dangerous winds, isolated tornadoes late Wednesday

Here is the weather forecast for Metro Detroit.

DETROITGood Wednesday morning!

The roads will be our biggest inconvenience this morning, with some steady soaking showers overnight leaving slippery conditions and some pooling and ponding on our roadways. Rain will coming down through about 8 a.m., and then showers become more scattered.

Parts of our North Zone, north of I-69, could see some snowflakes mixing in this morning with temps in the mid-30s. Those of us closer to Downtown Detroit are above freezing and closer to 40 degrees this morning.

There is no lightning on the radar map this morning, but we’ll see some with storms later today. We have seen a half of an inch of rain overnight and early this morning, and we may get rain totals closer to 1-1.5 inches of rain when it’s all said and done. So, keep the umbrella handy, keep an eye on your basements and be very, very careful out there as you hit those sloppy streets.

Today’s sunrise is at 7:31 a.m.

We will see more widely scattered showers, and even some rain breaks, later this morning through the early afternoon before rain and thunderstorms move back into Metro Detroit.

Morning temps are near 40 degrees and our afternoon highs will hit the low-to-mid 50s. Gusty morning winds will move ESE at 10-20 mph, and become a little lighter in the afternoon.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed us in a slight risk for severe storms late this afternoon. Strong storms will begin to fire in the early-to-mid afternoon down in Central Ohio and Indiana, moving north into our area by the late Wednesday afternoon and early evening.

Besides some soaking downpours and dangerous lightning, we could see large hail, damaging winds and a small risk for isolated tornadoes, as well. Keep your eyes to the skies, or at least on your Local4Casters App. We anticipate an equally challenging evening commute today with that added risk for severe storms.

Today’s sunset is at 7:49 p.m.

More rain Thursday

Rain showers will become lighter and much more scattered overnight into Thursday morning, but we will still have some lingering showers through the morning drive. Again, we may see 1-1.5 inches of rain from late Tuesday through Thursday morning, which may cause some minor flooding problems.

We will not have an all day rainmaker moving through Thursday, and will likely get some dry breaks in the late morning and early afternoon. Then, yet another wave of rain will move through in the mid-to-late afternoon.

Thursday highs will be near 50 degrees with lighter winds moving SW at 7-15 mph.

Colder Friday with snow chance

We move out of the 50s and back into the 40s on Friday, with another disturbance coming at us later in the afternoon and evening. This system will come down from Canada with slightly cooler air, with a threat for snow to mix in with some rain late Friday and early Saturday.

Colder weekend

We will have cooler air this weekend.

We’ll see a few morning snow showers and light rain on Saturday, which should end by early afternoon. Temps will only range from the low 30s to the low 40s Saturday, and we will cool down to the mid-20s overnight into Sunday morning.

Expect tons of sunshine Sunday, Monday and most of Tuesday with a gradual warming from the upper 30s on Sunday to near 50 degrees by Wednesday.

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