West Michigan — As summer comes to a slow close this weekend with the arrival of Labor Day, we have the chance of seeing a shower or thunderstorm on Monday morning, with a round of stronger to possibly severe storms coming in during the afternoon/evening hours. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has most of lower Michigan (and all of West Michigan) in a slight risk for severe weather on Monday (Labor Day). Click here to check the SPC convective outlook page.
Damaging winds and large hail would be the primary threats as a cold front and low pressure area sweep across the Great Lakes. Since we have plenty of moisture (humidity) in the air, some of these storms may produce some brief, heavy downpours but should be moving fairly quickly to mitigate any flooding issues. Breezy conditions and a somewhat favorable wind field may produce an isolated tornado. A HIGH BEACH HAZARD risk exists for Monday (Labor Day) up and down the Lake Michigan shoreline with south to southwest winds at 15 to 25 knots. Small craft advisories are in effect through Monday night with waves building at three to five feet.
The next several days (first week of September) appears as if it may be a bit unsettled with more shower and thunderstorm chances Thursday and Friday with our next frontal system. In fact, we may see high temperatures in the upper 80s to near 90 on Thursday if we get enough sunshine. Make sure to stay up on later forecasts. Get the complete West Michigan forecast at www.fox17online.com/weather, including radar, temperatures, and FutureTrack HD.