May 29, 2014 at 8:01 am

Metro Detroit avoids widespread flooding with sunny days ahead

The heavy rains that drenched southeastern Michigan over the past few days have caused some rivers to come a frog hair close to flooding but not enough to cause any serious problems, according to the National Weather Service.

“River levels rose over the past couple of days, that’s obvious,” said meteorologist Matt Mosteiko, working out of the White Lake Township station. “The river that came closest to action stage — which is the level just before flooding would occur — was the Clinton River in Clinton Township. It verged on minor flooding but has since receded and exited the action stage.”

According to the weather service, a 16-foot level for the Clinton River could result in minor flooding, 17 feet would be moderate flooding and 19 feet would be major flooding. According to records, the Clinton River, near Clinton Township, crested at 16 feet on 4:30 a.m. Thursday but has since receded to 13.88 and continues to drop.

On Wednesday, St. Clair Shores posted a warning about the possibility of street flooding due to being hit with “a very large amount of rain water in short durations.”

According to the city, some street flooding was caused by street catch basins that were clogged by debris.

Two streets that did see flooding were Harmon and Madison, where water lapped over the curb and spread as high as the sidewalks on Wednesday.

Sunny days ahead

Remember how great the weather was for the Memorial Day holiday weekend?

Well, Michigan is lined up for another four days of great open-the-windows weather with balmy temperatures and bags of sunshine.

“There’s no rain in sight until late Sunday,” Mosteiko said. “Temperatures will mostly be above normal, except for Thursday when the high will only be about 67 compared to the normal high of 73.”

The higher temperatures for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are forecast at about 79, 80 and 81 degrees respectively.

Extended forecast

Thursday: Partly cloudy with highs of 72 to 76 degrees.

Thursday night: Mostly clear with lows of 52 to 56.

Friday: Mostly sunny with highs of 77 to 81.

Friday night: Mostly clear, lows of 54 to 58.

Saturday: Sunny with highs of 78 to 82.

Saturday night: Clear with lows of 54 to 58.

Sunday: Sunny with highs of 75 to 79.

Sunday night: There is a 30 percent chance of rain with lows of 62 to 66.

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