Winds weakening in Metro Detroit

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Southeastern Michigan can expect a second helping of crummy weather on Friday before sunshine and warmer temperatures make a welcome return on Saturday and then into next week.

“A lingering part of the storm front that moved in on Thursday is still with us but will be moving through during the day,” National Weather Service meteorlogist Deb Elliott said. “On Friday, we’ll see a little rain, possibly some snow flakes and wind gusts of 25 to 30 mph.”

The winds predicted for Friday are about half of those that buffeted southeastern Michigan on Thursday and Thursday night, including 52 mph at Metro Airport, 49 mph in Mount Clemens and 49 mph in Flint.

The NWS had also issued storm warnings Thursday for portions of Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair, as well as gale warnings for Lake Huron, including Saginaw Bay.

High winds also caused the loss of power to an estimated 41,000 homes and businesses on Thursday into Friday morning, according to DTE Energy Co. spokesman Scott Simons.

“As of Friday morning we’re down to about 2,500 customers scattered around the metro region,” Simons said. “We were ready for the storm. We expect to have power fully restored by the end of the day, depending on Friday’s weather.”

The predicted high temperature for Friday will be about 46 degrees, with a night-time low near 32 degrees.

“But things begin to get nicer on Saturday,” Elliott said. “Saturday will be sunny with a high of about 47. We will have a front moving in from the south which will bring warmer temperatures leading into next week.”

Sunday, Monday and Tuesdays high temperatures are expected to be in the upper 50s.

“On Wednesday we’re looking at a high of about 62 degrees,” Elliott said. “We can expect showers on Monday and Tuesday.”

According to the NWS archives, the record high for Nov. 11 in the metro region is 70 degrees set in 1989 while the record low is 12 degrees, set in 1911.

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Extended forecast

Friday: There is a 70 percent chance of precipitation throughout the day. Breezy, with winds of 18 to 25 mph and gusts in the upper 30 mph range. The predicted high will be about 46.

Friday night: A chance of rain and show showers before 7 p.m. Cloudy and greezy with winds of 16 to 21 mph decreasing after midnight. The predicted low will be in the lower 30s.

Saturday: Mostly sunny with a high near 46.

Saturday night: Mostly clear with a low of 35.

Sunday: Sunny and 48.

Sunday night: Clear and 38.

Monday: Sunny and 55.

Monday night: A chance of showers with a low of 42.

Tuesday: A chance of showers and a high of 56.

Tuesday night: Showers and 42.

Wednesday: A chance of showers and a high of 62.

Wednesday night: A chance of showers and 47.