Storms clear out of Metro Detroit; calmer weather on tap

Charles E. Ramirez, and Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

The storms that doused the region have pushed out of southeast Michigan, ushering in calmer conditions to end the work week.

A severe thunderstorm watch the National Weather Service issued for Lenawee and Monroe counties has ended after a line of storms left the region and moved east, meteorologist Jordan Dale said.

"The severe weather threat is over for the rest of the night," he said, adding his station hadn't received reports of high wind gusts or major downpours as predicted with the latest round.

Earlier Thursday, storms dumped dime-size hail in Wayne County and more than 2 inches of rain in Corunna, in Shiawassee County, the weather service reported. Other rainfall totals include 1.12 inches in Bloomfield Hills and about an inch in Ann Arbor.

(caption) Raindrops fall in a puddle of rain water along Congress Street in downtown Detroit.  *** rainy, foggy day in Detroit. Michigan is approaching a record level of rainfall for this year. Photos taken on Wednesday, December 14, 2011.  ( John T. Greilick / The Detroit News )

Early Thursday, severe thunderstorms packing high winds knocked down trees and power lines in west Michigan, prompting some school closings.

Winds gusting above 60 mph were reported along Lake Michigan in the Ludington area, where power was knocked out to hundreds of customers in several communities. The Ludington Daily News reports the Ludington Area School District and some other districts canceled classes for the day.

Heavy rains that started Wednesday prompted flood advisories along some rivers, including the Grand River and the Muskegon River.

Clearer conditions are on tap for Metro Detroit once the storms push out.

Friday’s forecast calls for party sunny skies and highs in the mid-50s, about five degrees below average.  Saturday should be about the same, with lows around 40.
Temperatures rebound into the 60s on Sunday.

Extended forecast

Friday: Partly sunny with a high near 56.

Saturday: Partly sunny with a high near 55.

Sunday: Sunny with a high near 62.

Monday: Sunny with a high near 59.

Tuesday: Partly sunny with a high near 66.

Wednesday: Partly sunny with a high near 69.