August 19, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Freeways reopen in Metro Detroit as rainfall subsides, conditions quiet

Vehicles drive through a large puddle that formed quickly on Trumbull Street near I-94 in Detroit on Tuesday evening. (Robin Buckson / The Detroit News)

After brief evening downpours that flooded area freeways, Metro Detroiters can expect somewhat calmer conditions overnight.

Through 8 a.m., “we just have a slight chance for additional pop-up showers,” said Rachel Kulik, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Temperatures are forecast to hover in the upper 60s.

More showers are predicted for Wednesday afternoon, but “it shouldn’t be as heavy as (Tuesday),” Kulik said.

As much as 1.5 inches of rain fell Tuesday evening in parts of eastern Macomb and western St. Clair counties, according to weather service radar estimates.

Other totals reported included about 0.76 inches in about two hours at the weather service station in White Lake Township and 1.25 inches in under three hours in Genesee County, Kulik said.

Freeways in Metro Detroit experienced some flooding Tuesday night as a heavy downpour swept through the area.

Eastbound Interstate 94 after Michigan Avenue and westbound I-94 at Wyoming were closed due to flooding, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. The westbound Interstate 96 entrance from westbound Davison Freeway reopened Tuesday evening after about an hour closure due to flooding. The right lane of northbound I-75 at the Davison Freeway was also cleared after about an hour.

Meanwhile, a severe thunderstorm warning and flash flood watch the weather service issued for parts of the region have ended.

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