GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — We all know the saying, spring showers bring May flowers, and there will be plenty of that beginning overnight tonight and continuing through Saturday morning. Some of those showers could even have a little extra energy and produce an isolated strong to severe storm.
A low-pressure system will approach West Michigan today, bringing increasing cloud coverage and warmer weather. Overnight isolated showers and weak thunderstorms will develop. This will cause a damp and windy morning commute. Heavy bursts of rain will be possible and even some pea-sized hail. This comes along the edge of a warm front.
Once the warm front passes we will have a break in thunderstorm activity and only a couple of isolated showers through 4 p.m. After 4 p.m., thunderstorm activity picks back up again. This is when the low-end threat of severe weather begins. Isolated severe storms will continue to be possible through Friday night before quieter conditions return early Saturday afternoon.
Severe Weather Threat
Who: Southwest portions of West Michigan are under a level one (out of five) threat for severe weather. That includes areas such as Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Holland, Allegan, Hastings, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and South Haven.
Here is more on what each level entails:
Impacts: The main threats include large hail, damaging wind and heavy bursts of rain. Winds will likely exceed 40+ mph and could cause minor damage.
Timing: The main concern comes Friday afternoon through Friday night. Shower and storm activity before then should be on the weaker side.
We are not alone in this threat. In fact, we are outside the main areas of concern. Portions of Iowa, Illinois, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri and Mississippi have the highest threats of tornadoes and damaging wind. If you are traveling for spring break, make sure you are remaining weather aware.
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