West Michigan will need to be “WEATHER AWARE” later this week, as there will be the chance for strong to severe thunderstorms later Friday into early Saturday.

Widespread Rain Showers
Cloudy and Cool
HIGH: 58 (60s Near I-94)
WIND: E 5-15 mph

SUNRISE 6:16 a.m.
SUNSET 9:01 p.m.

TODAY Grab an umbrella and a warm rain jacket as you head out the door as West Michigan will experience an unseasonably cool and cloudy day with occasional rain showers. The combination of an overcast sky along with rain and east wind will result in a cool late spring day with highs in the 50s north of Kalamazoo and 60s near Kalamazoo south.

TONIGHT Drying out, with lows near 50-degrees.

THURSDAY Pleasant and warmer weather returns as a partly cloudy sky develops. Afternoon highs will peak in the mid-70s.

FRIDAY A strong warm front will move through Thursday night and with a breezy southwest wind wake temperatures will be well into the 60s Friday morning. This will kick start a warm day that will have highs in the mid to upper 80s away from the lakeshore. The warmth will be short lived as a strong cold front will slide through the region Friday producing a decent chance of a few showers and storms late in the afternoon but more likely in the evening. Some storms later Friday into Friday evening could be strong to potentially severe. The Storm Prediction Center has elevated the entire Lower Peninsula into Slight Risk Area for severe storms.

WEEKEND PREVIEW Much cooler air will grip the region for the weekend! Clouds and a chance of showers are expected Saturday along with highs in the 60s. A partly cloudy sky will develop Sunday but it will remain quite cool with highs around 60.

LOOKING AHEAD The overall pattern may remain cooler than “average” as we close out the month of May.

Check out Bill’s Blog for the latest on the severe outlook for Friday and an update on the containment efforts in the battle with a wildfire across Northern Michigan.