DETROIT (WWJ) – Hold on to your hat, because it’s a gusty night in Metro Detroit.

The National Weather Service in Detroit/Pontiac has issued a high wind warning for the area, in effect through 7 a.m. Saturday.

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NWS says southwesterly sustained winds of 35 to 40 mph and westerly wind gusts of 55 to 60 mph will be possible. The strongest winds are expected to occur between 9 p.m Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday. Check the wind speed radar

High Wind Watch: Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, Wayne

Strong winds can result in the downing of large limbs, trees and power lines. Bring in unsecured objects from patios and balconies and secure outdoor objects such as lawn furniture or garbage cans that could blow away and cause damage or injury. Power outages are possible.

When driving, keep a safe distance from cars in adjacent lanes as strong gusts could push a car outside its lane of travel. Take extra care in a high-profile vehicle such as a truck, van or SUV.

WWJ-TV Chief Meteorologist Jim Madaus said it’s all part of a spring-like system moving through the Great Lakes area. Madaus said we are also seeing some unseasonably mild temperatures for this time of year.

“In fact, 15 degrees warmer than we should be,” he said.

Meantime, more wintry conditions were expected to make travel hazardous in parts of the state.

Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula and parts of the Upper Peninsula are in line for another significant round of winter weather.  8 to 14 inches of snow could fall this evening and Saturday in parts of the northern Lower Peninsula. In parts of the Upper Peninsula, the forecast calls for 4 to 6 inches today — followed by another 3 to 5 inches of snow on Saturday.

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Here’s the forecast from the CBS Detroit Weather Team:

Friday Night – Overcast and windy. Low of 36F. Winds from the SSW at 20-30 mph. Chance of rain.

Saturday – Overcast. High of 39F with a windchill as low as 25F. Winds from the North at 20-25 mph.

Saturday Night – Mostly cloudy in the evening, then overcast. Low of 27F with a windchill as low as 21F. Winds from the West at 5-15 mph.

Sunday – Partly cloudy in the morning, then overcast. High of 34F. Winds from the NW at 5-15 mph.

Sunday Night – Overcast in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 21F. Winds from the NNE at 5-10 mph shifting to the NW after midnight.

Know before you go: Keep it tuned to WWJ Newsradio 950 for traffic and weather, every 10 minutes on the 8s.

Check the CBS Detroit weather page for the extended forecast and up-to-the-minute information.

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