Weekend storms precede cooler weather

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Finally, cool and comfortable air will return to West Michigan, bringing a much-needed respite from the heat and humidity. However, the relief will be lead by storms.

Weather models have been consistently outputting showers and storms on Saturday, June 17th for several days, picking up on a strengthening cold front that moves through the state late that day. The cooler air interacting with the current warm, humid air mass will produce rain and storms. Some of these storms could reach severe criteria. 

Because of the threat of severe storms, the Storm Prediction Center has placed the southern half of West Michigan in the 'slight' risk on Saturday. 

Timing these storms has been difficult. Weather models are starting to insist on showers and storms sweeping through early Saturday morning. Another push for strong storms comes Saturday night. In between these time periods, showers and storms will be scattered throughout West Michigan. 

Forecast confidence will increase as Saturday approaches. 

Sunday will be breezy as cooler air moves into the region. It will be the first day with highs in the 70s since June 7th. 

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