Wind advisory in effect Wednesday in SE Michigan as temps plunge

DETROIT – The potent cold front crossed the area early Wednesday morning right on schedule and, within two-to-three hours, temps in the 50s (11 degrees Celsius) crashed into the 30s (3 degrees Celsius).

Wind gusts ramped up along and following the front’s passage, and many of us have seen gusts near 40 mph. The highest gust I’ve seen thus far was 47 mph at Oakland County International Airport in Waterford Township. Hence, the wind advisory remains in effect until 10 p.m.

The overnight rain is long gone, and I don’t expect anything worse than some flurries or very light snow Wednesday afternoon.

Today’s sunrise was at 7:41 a.m., and today’s sunset is at 5:02 p.m.

The west winds will diminish to 10 to 20 mph overnight under mostly cloudy skies, with lows in the mid 20s.

Skies become partly cloudy on Thursday, with highs in the upper 30s.

Partly cloudy to, possibly, mostly clear Thursday night, with lows in the mid 20s.

We should start our Finally Friday with some sun, but clouds will increase through the day. Highs rebound into the upper 40s.

Second verse, same as the first

A very similar storm system to the one we are currently experiencing will impact us for the first half of our weekend.

Mostly cloudy Friday night and becoming windy late at night with a possible shower late at night as well. Temperatures rise overnight into the low-to-mid 50s.

The next approaching cold front crosses the area Saturday morning, with rain showers ahead of it and temperatures falling from the low-to-mid 50s into the 30s during the afternoon. Wind could gust to 45 mph…and I think there’s a better chance for these gusts than what we’ll see today.

Skies eventually clear Saturday night, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s.

Mostly sunny to partly cloudy on Sunday but, unfortunately, it may become breezy again in the afternoon. Still, it’ll be a much better day than Saturday to tackle those leaves if you haven’t yet. Highs near 40 degrees.

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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.