Strong Cold Front Brings Severe Storm Risk to Great Lakes

Posted at 1:05 PM, May 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-11 13:21:36-04
Severe Risk Monday

Severe Risk Monday

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A strong cold front moving across the Northern Plains will move through the Great Lakes Monday bringing the potential for strong to severe storms.

In anticipation of active weather the Storm Prediction Center out of Norman, Oklahoma has put part of West Michigan in a slight risk category while Southeast Michigan is under an enhanced risk.

Early morning clouds, fog and rain have decreased severe chances for some, however some parts of West Michigan had clearing allowing for sunshine and warmer temperatures. Areas along Interstate 69 and to the east will have the best chance this afternoon for strong to severe storms as these areas will see the most influence from the warm front. These areas have the best chance at seeing frequent cloud to ground lightning, gusty winds in excess of 40 mph, small hail and an isolated tornado.

Most of West Michigan, along and west of US-131 will still see showers and thunderstorms but will see a different threat within storms: urban, and flash flooding. Heavy rain over the weekend has already created saturated soil allowing rainfall to pool and with very heavy rain expected within storms it will inundate already full streams, creeks and rivers. While the flooding potential is not widespread expect to encounter standing water on roads and within low-lying areas throughout the afternoon and evening hours.

What to Expect:

Strong to Severe Storms

Threat: Damaging winds, small hail, and an isolated tornado – along and east of I-69 including Battle Creek, Marshall and Coldwater. Heavy rain, gusty winds and lightning along and west of US-131 including Kalamazoo, Holland, and Grand Rapids.

Timing: 2 PM – 6 PM

Area of most concern: south-central and southeastern Michigan.