SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) – The next few days are going to feel a lot more like fall.

Forecasters say showers will continue off and on overnight over Southeast Michigan, leading us into a chilly, windy and wet Friday.

WWJ-TV Chief Meteorologist Jim Madaus says the National Weather Service is predicting a chance of thunderstorms Thursday evening, primarily before 10 p.m. The potential exists for a few storms to become severe, mainly south of I-69. These storms will be capable of producing wind gusts to 60 mph, and a tornado also cannot be ruled out.  Heavy downpours and small hail are also possible.

The Indiana Toll Road is temporarily banning some lengthy semitrailer rigs from the western part of the highway because of high wind gusts forecast for the region.

The Toll Road says the ban is in place from through 2 p.m. Friday for all triple-trailers and long doubles between the South Bend West Toll Plaza and the WestPoint Toll Plaza. That’s 72 miles of highway.

High winds are also expected to hit Grand Rapids and the western Michigan area, Thursday night and continuing through Friday afternoon.

Temperatures will hold in the low 50s on Friday, but forecasters say it will feel every chillier than that when you factor in the wind.  It will be brisk and colder Friday night, with more showers possible, and lows in the low 40s.

Things are looking just a bit better for the weekend, with at least a little sunshine expected.

For the latest, keep it tuned to WWJ Newsradio 950 during traffic and weather, every 10 minutes on the 8s.

Here’s the forecast from the WWJ Weather Team:

Thursday Night – Cloudy during the evening. Partly cloudy  overnight…eventually becoming cloudy. Showers likely during the evening…then  a chance of showers through 5 am…then showers likely. Lows 50 to 54. Southwest  winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.

Friday – Breezy. Occasional rain. Highs 50 to 54.  Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 90 percent.

Friday Night – Cloudy during the evening…then  clearing. A chance of light rain showers. Lows 38 to 42. Northwest winds 10 to  20 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Saturday – Mostly sunny. Highs 47 to 51.  Lows 35 to 39. North winds  10 to 20 mph.

Sunday – Partly sunny. Highs 56 to 60. Lows 43 to 47.

– More on our weather page –


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