Storms end work week, but clear skies ahead Saturday
After strong storms again brought downpours, hail, high winds and power outages across southeast Michigan on Friday, the National Weather Service predicts clearer conditions in the region this weekend.
"It's going to be a little cooler and mostly sunny, a bit of a west breeze," on Saturday, said Bryan Tilley, a meteorologist with the weather service office in White Lake Township.
Temperatures should climb into the upper 70s then drop into the upper 50s overnight.
The forecast calls for the temperatures to reach 80 on Sunday and Monday under mostly sunny skies.
At this point, there are "no storms in the forecast through the middle of next week," Tilley said.
That's a shift from a stormy week, including damaging fronts that swept the state on consecutive days.
On Friday afternoon, as the thermometer topped out in the mid-80s, a line of storms pushed east through Metro Detroit, dropping golf-ball sized hail in Oakland County as well as toppling trees in Washtenaw and elsewhere.
Thousands of DTE Energy customers were without power late Friday. The utility's online outage map showed clusters of about 3,000 near Keego Harbor and about 2,000 near Orchard Lake.
The weather service also issued a flood warning for the Huron River in Livingston County's Hamburg Township, which at 9 p.m. was near the flood stage of 6.5 feet.
"Forecast is to rise above flood stage late tonight and crest around 6.6 feet Saturday afternoon," the advisory read.