More rain for Metro region; flood watch in effect

Mark Hicks, and Charles E. Ramirez
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Metro Detroit can expect more rain to end the work week after a wet Thursday that sparked a flood watch for much of the region.

Terrell Oliver, of Detroit, waits for a city bus along Lafayette Blvd. Thursday afternoon, March 30, 2017.

The National Weather Service calls for a 90 percent chance of precipitation in southeast Michigan on Friday, with new amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible. Highs could reach 48.

That follows downpours Thursday that triggered the flood watch through noon Friday. Totals included 1.54 inches in Milan; 1.40 in Newport; 1.32 in Ann Arbor; 1.31 in Pinckey; 1.05 in Farmington; and 1.19 at Detroit Metro Airport, the weather service reported.

The rainfall sparked flooding in some spots, including Livernois and West Warren in Detroit. Residents were asked to avoid the area.

The Michigan Department of Transportation reported a handful of car crashes on area freeways by the evening rush hour. Cameras showed traffic moving across rain-slicked lanes of Interstates 75, 94 and 96.

More showers and possible thunderstorms are possible Thursday night, the weather service said.

“Drive with care and watch out of water covered roadways,” officials said in a special weather statement.

Meanwhile, a flood watch remains in effect through noon Friday for Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

A warm front has moved in just south of Michigan and it should stay through the overnight hours, which will keep most of the severe threats to the south, said Jordan Dale, a meteorologist with the weather service.

Extended forecast:

■ Friday: High of 48 and a 90 percent chance of rain.

■ Saturday: Partly sunny with a high of 50.

■ Sunday: Partly sunny with a high of 54.

■ Monday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and a high near 57.

■ Tuesday: Partly sunny with a high near 57.

■ Wednesday: Partly sunny with a chance of rain and a high near 55.

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