Update: Threat of showers and storms

* Watching Storm Development – Rain and Storms are moving in Fast * Torrential Rain Possible – Drought Status “Abnormally Dry” for some areas * Friday Afternoon-Weekend Looking Nice! ——————————————– Showers and storms are already moving into the Lower Peninsula for those of you along M-72 (Traverse City – Grayling). Some of the storms will be strong containing torrential rain and plenty of lightning. This first round is substantial but I'm still looking at another line of thunderstorms past this first line. This second line will also produce significant rain and thunderstorms as well. Some areas will see more than 1″ of rain tonight. The Upper Peninsula will see mostly cloudy skies and a warm night with a few thunderstorms. Temperatures only drop into the 60's and low 70's for nighttime lows. Friday is going to be a nice day after the clouds and humidity move out. Now, you could see a few early morning showers South of US-10 but overall, plan on a dry day with increasing sunshine. Highs warm into the 80's with a few low 90's possible. Saturday looks great! Mostly sunny skies are the forecast with highs in the 80's. Come Sunday, a weak cold front comes through and it will have a few showers or thunderstorms. It will not be a washout, so enjoy the day with temperatures back in the 80's. Next week features more highs in the 80's with very limited possibilities of showers or thunderstorms. Also….. Parts of Northern Michigan are now considered “Abnormally Dry” by the U.S. Drought Monitor. We've received many reports of dry conditions and are glad to see the these areas are being recognized. The next step is a “Moderate Drought”. Hopefully rain will fall before then but right now it's not looking good. – Tom