More strong weather expected in Metro Detroit today

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

The front that brought hail and thunderstorms to southeastern Michigan on Tuesday afternoon has decided to stick around for another day.

That’s the opinion of the National Weather Service, which is predicting rain, hail and wind gusts of up to 50 mph for the metro area on Wednesday.

“The low front that came through yesterday hasn’t decided to move off yet,” meteorologist Deb Elliott said. “We have a good chance of thunderstorms possibly accompanied by gusty winds and dime-sized hail between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. Wednesday night.”

The high temperature for the day should be about 82 degrees with lows all week in the upper 60s, according to the NWS.

Tuesday’s storms knocked out power to about 20,000 homes and businesses scattered across southeast Michigan, according to DTE Energy Co.

“We’ve brought that number down to about 12,000,” DTE spokesman Scott Simons said. “We’re working hard to get everyone back online but we are expecting more thunderstorms today, so it’s hard to tell.”

A check of departing and arriving flights at Detroit Metropolitan Airport shows no problems except for three flights arriving from Washington, D.C.

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Extended forecast

Wednesday: There is a 50 percent chance of rain with highs of 79 to 83 degrees.

Wednesday night: Rain until about 9 p.m. with lows of 62 to 66.

Thursday: The chance of rain is again 50 percent. Highs of 80 to 84.

Thursday night: There is a 70 percent chance of rain until midnight. Lows of 65 to 69.

Friday: There is a 50 percent chance of rain. Highs of 84 to 88.

Friday night: Partly cloudy with lows of 66 to 70.

Saturday: There is a 30 percent chance of rain with highs of 78 to 82.

Saturday night: Partly cloudy with lows of 66 to 70.

Sunday: Partly cloudy with a 40 percent of showers and thunderstorms. Highs of 81 to 85.

Sunday night: There is a 40 percent chance of rain with lows of 66 to 70.