A significant storm system will be moving across the Great Lakes from Friday through Monday. The storm will bring us showers on Friday into Saturday with the possibility of a thunderstorm (best chance south and southeast of Grand Rapids).
We’ll be in the warm air today (Thurs.) and much of Friday…but after that the cold air pours in with temps. falling into the 30s for much of Saturday and Sunday with a stiff and cold northeast wind.
There is a chance that this storm will produce a band of significant freezing rain from Sat. night into Sun. somewhere north of G.R. and to the north of the freezing rain, significant amounts of heavy, wet snow.
Above is the projected weather map for Friday AM from the Weather Prediction Center. South of the warm front, temperatures will soar into the 70s, while to the north, high temperature in Canada will pump chilly northeast winds into the northern U.S.
Above is the Severe Weather Outlook from the Storm Prediction Center. There is a large “Enhanced Outlook” from Missouri to Texas. While a non-severe storm (gray color on the map) is possible in Lower Michigan, this cold air will keep the severe weather to our south.
So far this year, the U.S. has had 174 tornadoes. That compares to 502 last year to this point. Last year, we had 28 tornado fatalities up to April 11 and this year we’ve had only two.