Fog, slick roads could make Wednesday morning commute challenging

The Detroit News

Patchy fog and overnight lows could make roads slick for the morning drive.

A low around 36 could affect drivers Wednesday morning, according to a National Weather Service forecast.

Fog will hang around before 9 a.m. It will remain mostly cloudy, with a high near 43.

A low near 36 is expected again Wednesday night.

Temperatures are expected to rise to a 52 Thursday, with a 90% showers after 8 a.m. Winds will be 9-14 mph, then increase to 17-22 mph in the afternoon, the weather service reported.

A gale watch is in effect through Thursday evening. Gusts over Lake Huron could reach low-to-mid end gales over open waters in the central and southern parts of the lake, the weather service said. Near-gale strength gusts will hit over the northern part of the lake for "an hour or two," it said. 

During the watch, sustained winds of up to 29 knots to 38 knots can be expected from around 1 p.m. Thursday, with the largest waves expected around 3 p.m. Wave heights from 11 feet to a "potential maximum height of 16 feet" in open waters are possible.

Gusts to low-end gales are possible through Friday morning, when "winds and waves" will rise to small-craft advisory levels for the nearshore zones, the weather service reported.

Rain returns before 1 a.m. Thursday into Friday, with a low of about 36 and rainfall amounts of less than 0.10 of an inch.

Friday's high is expected at 40, with a low Friday night of 28. Weekend temperatures are similar.