DETROIT (WWJ) – Forecasters say we can expect some wild weather overnight. A Tornado Watch has been issued for all of Southeast Michigan until 1 a.m. Thursday.
The National Weather Service says severe thunderstorms can be expected across Metro Detroit Wednesday evening, as a cold front collides with warm, humid conditions.
“The fuse has now been lit,” said WWJ AccuWeather Meteorologist Dave Bowers. “We expect to see some scattered strong to severe thunderstorms coming down across the region here as we go through the evening hours,” adding that Metro Detroit residents should expect downpours and damaging winds.
Thunderstorm watches and warnings were issued in several counties across the area.
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According to the National Weather Service, this system has the potential to create tornadoes, hail to 2.5 inches in diameter, wind gusts up to 80 mph and dangerous lightning.
As storms rolled through Sanilac County early Wednesday evening, trained weather spotters reported damaging winds and hail up to 1-inch in diameter. Local police reported a tree had fallen on a house.
Bowers said most of the storm activity should have come and gone by around midnight.
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Forecast Details from the Weather Team:
Wednesday Night – Mostly cloudy during the evening. Scattered showers and thunderstorms…ending around 11 PM. Lows
63 to 67. West winds 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent. Tornado Watch until 1AM.
Thursday – Mostly sunny through mid morning…then becoming partly sunny. Highs 76 to 80. Northwest winds 5 to 10 mph…turning to north.
Thursday Night – Partly cloudy during the evening. Clear overnight. Lows 55 to 59. North winds 5 to 10 mph…turning to northeast.
Friday – Mostly sunny. Highs 77 to 81. Light and variable winds.
Friday Night – Mostly clear during the evening. Partly cloudy overnight. Lows 59 to 63. Light and variable winds.
Saturday – Partly sunny. Highs 77 to 81.
Saturday Night – Partly cloudy. Lows 56 to 60.