Soggy Saturday floods freeway, soaks Grand Prix

Ursula Watson
The Detroit News

Flooding closed a stretch of one Metro Detroit freeway on Saturday evening after a day of soggy weather when thunderstorms moved through southeast Michigan.

All lanes of northbound Southfield Freeway after Interstate 96 were closed for a while due to water over the road. Vehicles were only passing through on right shoulder, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Flooding also affected the right lane of northbound Interstate 75 at Fort Street and Schaefer, MDOT reported.

The National Weather Servicesissued a flood advisory for Washtenaw County that expired at 8:15 p.m, said Dan Thompson, meteorologist.

A flood watch issued Saturday began at 5 p.m and lasts through Sunday afternoon, said Thompson. Up to three inches of rainfall is predicted.

The rain didn't stop the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, which got hit with a storm around 1 p.m.

Thompson said a storm producing pretty heavy rain fall in the western portions of Wayne County.

Despite the rain, Saturday's temperatures will stay in the low 80s.

Sunday morning temperatures will only reach the upper 40s. The day will be soggy with heavy rain and a high of 50. Wind gusts will reach 35 mph.

Temperatures Monday morning will be around 45 degrees.

Elliott said things will warm-up by Wednesday, where temperatures will hit 75 degrees.

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