Heavy rains slow commute in Metro Detroit
Early morning rains served up a nasty commute for Metro Detroit residents.
While the traffic flow in the metro area has since returned to mostly normal, early commuters found themselves in crawling conditions on major freeways as late as 8:15 a.m.
Choke points included: northbound traffic on Interstate 75 from West Road to Dix, in Trenton; on the Southfield Freeway between Six and Eight Mile roads, in Detroit; and in the northbound lanes of I-75 between Eight Mile and the I-696 interchange in Royal Oak.
Much of the traffic slow downs were due to large amounts of rain that soaked southeastern Michigan over a short period of time. The White Lake Township station of the National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather forecast for southeastern Michigan.
The forecast for Wednesday and Thursday includes the chance of thunderstorms during late Wednesday morning. The chance of thunderstorms will be mainly toward the Ohio border, but heavy rains are expected through the metro area.
According to the weather service, wind gusts of up to 45 mph are also possible Thursday through Tuesday of next week.
“We’ve received about three-quarters to an inch of rain in the last six hours,” said Joseph Clark, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service station in White Lake Township, around 8 a.m. “We’ll likely get around another half inch or so in the next two to three hours.”
Fortunately, the worst may be over.
“It’s kind of in the process of winding down right now,” Clark said. “In the Detroit area, the rain will remain a little heavier for the next two to three hours. Then it will wind down to some lighter showers.”
The rest of Wednesday is expected to be cloudy with highs in the upper 50s.
Extended forecast for Metro Detroit
Wednesday: Rain and thunderstorms in the morning to about 2 p.m. High near 58. Breezy with winds from 16 to 20 mph and gusts of up to 26 mph. Chance of rain 100 percent.
Wednesday night: There is a 60 percent chance of rain with showers most likely between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. Winds of 15 to 17 mph with gusts as high as 36 mph.
Thursday: There is a 40 percent chance of rain with a high near 46. Southwest winds of 20 to 25 mph and gusts as high as 41 mph.
Thursday night: Cloudy with a low of about 36. Winds of 10 to 15 mph with gusts of 28 mph.
Friday: Partly sunny with a high of about 50.
Friday night: Partly cloudy with a low of about 38 degrees.
Saturday: There is a 40 percent chance of rain with a high near 54.
Saturday night: Cloudy with a good chance of rain and a night-time low of 44.
Sunday: Partly sunny with a high near 59
Sunday night: Partly cloudy with a low of 44.