DETROIT (WWJ) – The National Weather Service has placed all of southeast Michigan at an enhanced risk for severe weather to start the week.
Heather Orow is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake and she says daytime heating will play a big part in storm formation.
“It’s going to be very dependent on how much sunshine we get — the more sunshine we see during the day and the first part of the afternoon is going to help build that instability that we need to fire off the storms later in the day – over the area,” said Orow.
“We have a low pressure system that’s going to be tracking through the Western and Northern Great Lakes – it’s going to be intensifying pretty rapidly as it tracks across the area – so that will bring a lot of moisture and instability up into southeast Michigan — a little bit more than we are used to seeing,” she said.
A significant severe weather episode will potentially impact southeast Michigan as early as Monday afternoon and persist through late evening.
The first wave of potential severe thunderstorms will occur as a warm front lifts through the area.
The second as the correstponding cold front sweeps through late.
For the afternoon and evening; the primary hazard will be winds up to 60 MPH followed by hail.
The primary threat will be between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
In the evening, the primary hazard will be wind gusts to 70 MPH, large hail and isolated tornadoes.
The greatest threat will reside north of the M59 corridor from 9 p.m through 2 a.m. and 11 p.m. through 4 a.m. to the south.
Orow says we could see a little bit of everything from the storms – including tornadoes, high winds, hail and possible flash flooding.
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