Severe weather unlikely, but heavy rains may soak area

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

The threat of severe thunderstorms diminished Wednesday evening, but heavy rains could sweep through Metro Detroit after midnight.

“There’s still a low chance that a stronger storm could develop, but chances are looking less and less as we go forward,” said meteorologist Mike Richter of the National Weather Service in White Lake Township.

There’s an 80 percent chance of rain during the overnight hours, Richter said, including isolated showers and thunderstorms.

There currently are no severe thunderstorm warnings or watches in effect.

“We’re kind of in a lull this evening,” Richter said. “There are a few light showers out and about, but nothing strong right now.”

Earlier Wednesday, a line of strong storms threatened central St. Clair, Macomb and northeast Oakland counties. The storm line was moving northeast at 25 mph and threatened lightning and gusty winds, according to the weather service.

A severe thunderstorm warning expired Wednesday evening for Huron and northern Sanilac counties.

In addition, a small craft advisory for the Great Lakes was in effect from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday as winds become a concern across the Great Lakes with gusts to 25 knots, the weather service said.

A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect until 5 p.m. for southeast Tuscola County.

The weather Thursday is expected to be less humid, drier and cooler with a high in the lower 70s, Richter said.

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Staff Writer Tom Greenwood contributed.

Extended forecast

Wednesday night: There is an 80 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms with rainfall amounts between 1/2 and 3/4 of an inch.

Thursdays: Partly sunny with a high near 72. There is an 60 percent chance of showers between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Thursday night: Partly cloudy with a low of about 54.

Friday: Sunny with a high of about 78.

Friday night: Clear with a low of about 58.

Saturday: Sunny with a high near 78.

Saturday night: Clear and 59.

Sunday: Sunny and 79.

Sunday night: There is a chance of showers with a low of about 60.