Drier air on its way in metro Detroit

Comfortable stretch of days coming up

By Paul Gross - Meteorologist

DETROIT - The cold front that triggered this morning's round of severe storms has now moved east, but it left behind a trail of debris in some communities.

The last I heard, 130,000 DTE customers are without power from powerful thunderstorm winds that snapped power lines, uprooted trees, and even blew down some utility poles. And thanks to all of you who downloaded our exclusive Local 4 Storm Pins app and posted photos this morning.

Those photos immediately after the storm blew through gave Brandon Roux and me an extra set of eyes out there…we were seeing some of the storm's power and impact almost as it happened, which helped us communicate the danger to you much quicker than ever before.

Remember that the app is FREE…just search for WDIV in the app store. By the way, many people this morning contacted me that their power was out, and they needed weather information.

Remember, too, that our FREE Local 4 weather app (available in the same place as Local 4 Storm Pins) gives you the ability to watch the storms on radar on your smart phone even after the power goes out. Trust me: it's a great relief to be able to get the weather information you need even when all you have is your cell phone.

Fortunately, we have a much more docile weather pattern ahead, at least through the first half of the holiday weekend.

This afternoon should feature increasing sunshine and lower humidity, but highs still reaching the mid 80s. Tonight's lows will fall into the mid 60s, so it'll be better sleeping weather (with even better nights ahead!).

Wednesday will feature partly cloudy skies (more sun in the morning, more clouds in the afternoon), with the chance for some scattered afternoon showers. Highs in the mid to upper 70s.

Then get set for some spectacular holiday weather, with mostly sunny skies Thursday through Saturday, with highs in the mid 70s on Thursday, mid-to-upper 70s on Friday, and near 80 on Saturday. Overnight lows will be awesome…in the 50s!

There's a lot of uncertainty about the Sunday – Monday weather pattern, so right now I have to introduce the chance for some heat-of-the-day (meaning afternoon) thunderstorms, and it appears that humidity will be back on the rise. Highs in the mid 80s.

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