We have some light showers passing through the area this morning due to a cold front making its way through the state. It was 56° at 5:30 am, we had 61° around 2 am which will be our high for today. Showers will end this morning and the clouds will gradually clear out. Our temperatures will fall into the low 40s by late afternoon.
SW Michigan Weather History
1989: Grand Rapids picks up seven inches of snow, bringing accumulations during a three-day storm to over a foot.
2013: A squall line of severe thunderstorms moved through Lower Michigan during the afternoon bringing widespread wind damage. Hundreds of trees were knocked down and thousands lost power from downbursts and brief tornadoes along the line of storms.
SE Michigan Weather History
On November 17, 2013, a powerful low-pressure system strengthened and tracked northeast across the western Great Lakes. As the cold front swept through the area, winds gusted to 50 to 60 mph during the overnight hours with a peak gust of 70 mph observed at Ypsilanti. The winds produced widespread damage and caused hundreds of thousands of power outages across Southeast Michigan.
Also on November 17, 1963, Genesee County experienced golfball size hail with a severe thunderstorm passing through.
U.S.A and Global Events for November 17th:
1927: A tornado (at times to 260 yards wide) cut a seventeen-mile path through Alexandria, Virginia across the District of Columbia from the Navy Yard to Benning Rd. & 19th St. NE and Northeast to East Riverdale, Maryland. This storm injured 31 people. The tornado struck the Naval Air Station where a wind gust of 93 mph was recorded.
2013: An unusually powerful storm system spun up five dozen tornadoes from the Great Lakes to the Tennessee Valley. Two EF4 twisters struck Illinois, hitting the communities of Washington and New Minden. Click HERE for more information from the NWS Office in Lincoln, Illinois.
- Showers this morning, then clearing Sfc analysis shows a cold front stretching from near Mackinac Island southwest to near MKE moving east. As expected, showers have developed ahead of the front and are moving across the cwa early this morning. Radar also showed a well defined band of showers along the cold front. Once the front moves through this morning, the rain will go with it. IR loop shows steady clearing behind the front over central Wisconsin and will move across the cwa this afternoon, leading to mostly sunny skies. Highs will likely be reached this morning prior to fropa with temperatures slowly falling this afternoon as h8 temps fall from +6c to -4c by late afternoon. - Clear tonight, sunny Saturday No big changes to the going forecast. As high pressure settles overhead tonight, we`ll see generally clear skies and temperatures will fall into the 20s. A sunny day is expected Saturday with highs in the upper 40s. - Dry conditions Sunday into Monday A strengthening high pressure system tracks eastward through the CWA during this time. Bufkit overviews show deep dry conditions during this period so plenty of sunshine is expected. Clouds will increase early Monday ahead of the next storm system. Monday will end up the cooler of the two days given this increase in clouds. - Possible Rain to Snow scenario Tuesday into Tuesday night Models are showing a negative tilted upper trough digging into the CWA during this time. Low level thermal profiles support rain at the onset of the event. However as the surface wave shifts east of the CWA, cold air advection on the backside of the system supports a transition to snow. Tuesday night looks like the main window for this to happen. Ensemble qpf values have gone up with this system and a fairly high potential for more than half inch exists. - Impacts possible Wednesday Growing confidence for lake effect exists on the backside of this system. Ensemble temperatures have trended colder, which given the favorable deterministic temperature profiles for lake effect supports the potential for impacts. With a real risk for daytime temperatures to stay below freezing Wednesday and a west northwest flow, slippery travel conditions are looking more likely with time. This will need to be monitored closely given that this is one of the busiest travel days of the year.