DETROIT (WWJ) – Metro Detroit could be in for some severe weather Thursday into Friday.

“Temperatures will be in the mid-60s so it’s going to feel nice out there. However, we’re going to see plenty of clouds and rain,” said CBS 62 Meteorologist Karen Carter.

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Forecasters say thunderstorms are likely to develop throughout the day as the passage of a warm front moves across the state. The worst weather is expected between 5 p.m. Thursday and 1 a.m. Friday, with heavy downpours and wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour. The storm is expected to move quickly from southwest to northeast.

The rainy weather will continue Friday morning as cold front passes through.

That National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for all of Southeast Michigan — in effect from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Friday — with wind gusts expect to reach between 40 and 50 miles per hour, and possibly higher.

Forecasters say winds that strong can make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles, so use extra caution. Falling branches and sporadic power outages will be possible.

A spot of good news: “By Friday afternoon, it looks like it’s going to clear up and the clouds should break to leave us with some sunshine,” Carter said.

The weekend ahead doesn’t look half bad, either.

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Here’s the local forecast from the CBS Detroit weather team:

Thursday: Areas of dense morning fog. Thunderstorms likely, especially this evening, and becoming windy. High 67F. Low 58F.

Friday: Rain early with variable cloudiness and strong winds. High 57F. Low 36F.

Saturday: Mostly sunny skies. High 58F.  Low 36F.

Sunday: Mainly sunny with clouds moving in overnight. Slight chance of a rain shower. High near 65F. Low 48F.

Monday: Rain showers in the morning with bright sunshine in the afternoon. High 68F. Low 47F.

Know before you go: Keep it tuned to WWJ Newsradio 950 for the latest forecast during traffic and weather, every 10 minutes on the 8s. See the live, local radar now at this link.

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