High winds to linger; chilly weekend ahead in SE Michigan

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

High winds that whipped across southeast Michigan on Thursday and sparked power outages were expected to linger for at least another day, along with colder conditions, the National Weather Service said.

Gusts nearing 40-45 mph were possible Friday, when the weather service predicts temperatures will reach the 50s along with rain showers.

The winds could gust near 30 mph overnight into Saturday then diminish.

The mercury is not expected to climb above 50 until Wednesday, according to the forecast.

The average high for mid-April is in the upper 50s, weather service records show.

Detroit Metro Airport reached a high of 67 on Thursday before a front pushed through and much of the region was under a wind advisory.

Temperatures dropped nearly 20 degrees at the airport, the weather service said.

Winds topped out at 62 mph at Detroit City Airport; 59 in Ann Arbor; 56 in Pontiac; 45 in Howell; and 43 in Troy.

DTE Energy reported about 4,700 customers without power early Friday.

"Our teams are actively working to restore all impacted customers as quickly and safely as possible," the utility said on its website. "We expect 95% of those customers currently without power to be restored by the end of day Friday. Remember to stay at least 20 feet away from downed power lines and assume them to be live and dangerous. Report outages or downed lines."

Consumers Energy reported about 4,000 customers were affected early Friday.

West Michigan wind gusts