Relief from rain coming for Metro Detroit

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Rain, rain go away.

Metro Detroit is expected to get some relief from the intense rain we've seen over the last three days — at least for a little while, according to the National Weather Service.

Flooded Hanover street near Telegraph in Dearborn Heights, Michigan on February 20, 2018.

"The rain should be over by noon or so, and it's not going to come back for a couple of days from now," said Steven Freitag, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake Township. "It should be pretty quiet tomorrow."

A flood watch for 17 counties in southeastern Michigan, including Macomb, Oakland and Wayne, is in effect until 4 p.m. A flood watch means there is potential for flooding based on current forecasts.

The National Weather Service also reports minor flooding of the Clinton River near Garfield Road and Clinton River Road in Clinton Township and near Hall Road and Elizabeth Road in Mount Clemens. There's also minor flooding  of the Rouge River near Rouge Park Drive and Plymouth Road as well as flooding of the Lower Rouge River near South Military Street and Morley Avenue  

Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service: Detroit/Pontiac

Most places have received about 1.5 inches to 2 inches of rain, meteorologists with the agency said. Another inch could fall by the time Wednesday ends.

The National Weather Service said Tuesday's measured rainfall of 1.10 inches broke the previous record for daily rainfall of 1.07 inches set on Feb. 20, 1891. 

There could be some light snow flurries in Wednesday's forecast as temperatures drop and the rain moves out of the area, meteorologists said.

Rain is also expected to return late Thursday night into Friday morning, the weather service said. 

"It won't be heavy rain like what we've experienced," he said. "It should be a big deal." 

Temperatures over the next few days won't be as warm as Tuesday. A high of 65 degrees was set Tuesday, breaking the previous record for Feb. 20 of 63 degrees set in 2016.

Meteorologists with the weather service predict Wednesday's high temperature will reach 39 degrees and the low will fall to 24 degrees.

"We've already started to cool down from Tuesday," Freitag said. "We're at 39 and we're not going to budge a whole lot from there."

He said a big concern for the short-term is standing water in the area could freeze over and make travel difficult.  

Extended forecast

Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a high near 37 degrees and a low of about 30 degrees.

Friday: Rain likely with a high near 46 degrees and a low of about 34 degrees. 

Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a high near 45 degrees and a low of about 36 degrees. There's a chance of showers after 1 p.m. and then rain and snow showers from 8-10 p.m. 

Sunday: Partly sunny with a high near 49 degrees and a low of about 32 degrees. A chance of showers before 1 p.m. It may also be windy.

Monday: Sunny with a high near 44 degrees and a low of about 30 degrees.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny with a high near 44 degrees.

Source: National Weather Service