DETROIT – The rest of this Friday we’re keeping an eye to the skies to our west and northwest, as that’s where the active weather is expected to be. While we can’t completely rule out an isolated shower or two, it looks like we’ll stay dry with showers and storms staying to our west and northwest. However overnight, that may change for some.
As the front that’s producing these showers and storms starts to move into the area overnight, a few storms are looking likely from Lansing to Saginaw. With that some of us in our west and north zones may see some rain or storms during the overnight period, however most look to remain dry until Saturday morning. Temperatures overnight only drop into the middle to upper 60s.
2 rounds of storms on Saturday
As we wake Saturday morning, it may be to lightning and thunder as round one of showers and storms is expected to start the weekend. A cluster is anticipated to arrive shortly after sunrise, and hang with us through the morning. These storms have the potential to be severe with the biggest concerns being strong damaging winds and hail. While the flooding threat isn’t as high, it is there as isolated spots could see quick and heavy downpours leading to localized flooding. While the tornado threat isn’t high, it can’t be ruled out. This first round of storms should exit by lunch time, then we look to see some dry time in the afternoon.
While an isolated shower or storm can’t be ruled out in the afternoon, the next chance comes later in the evening, mainly in our south and metro zones. This second cluster of storms looks to clip us, as most of the rain falls in Ohio. Timing for this second rounds looks to bring arrival around sunset and exiting the area by midnight. Like the first round of storms, this second round could also be severe.
A few showers hang around at times Saturday night into Sunday morning, but should leave the area by lunch time at the latest Sunday.
The other big story is the change in temperatures ahead. All this active weather is due to a cold front moving through the area, and once that front is through we’re going to see a solid drop in temperatures. We’re going from upper 80s Friday, to 70s Saturday, then to the 60s Sunday.
Following a busy weekend, another storm system takes shape and brings us more shower and storm chances starting Wednesday of next week.