Irma likely not to impact Michigan weather; travelers not so lucky

MICHIGAN - While forecasters don't expect Hurricane Irma to impact Michigan's weather, the advancing storm will affect travelers from the state.

Thousands of flights to and from Florida have been cancelled as the monster storm moves north after ravaging the Caribbean. The website FlightView showed nine of the 10 flights scheduled to depart Detroit Metro Airport for Miami this afternoon cancelled.

Six of the 14 flights bound for Orlando were delayed. 

"We’re urging all of our customers to call their airline before they head to the airport. We don’t want travelers to make the trip to Detroit Metro Airport, only to find out their flight is significantly delayed or canceled," airport spokeswoman Erica Donerson said. 

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A region of low pressure brought cooler-than-normal temperatures to metro Detroit this week. Highs have been in the mid to upper 60s, about 10 degrees below average. 

The system is not related to Hurricane Irma, though it could ultimately impact the hurricane's path as it moves north, said Jordan Dale, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in White Lake.  

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Irma is not expected to significantly impact metro Detroit weather.  Forecasters have been closely tracking the storm. Since Monday, the NWS White Lake office has been sending up weather balloons every six hours — instead of every 12 — to monitor conditions. 

"Right now, it looks like Irma will track into the Tennessee Valley early next week. Then at that point, whatever is left of Irma, the remains will weaken pretty quickly" and move off to the northeast region of the country, Dale said. 

There is a small chance that the southern part of southeast Michigan, around the Monroe area, could see some residual Irma rain. But for now, "we're expecting dry conditions," Dale said. 

Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 60s this weekend before moving into the 70s early next week. 

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