Thursday T-Storms

Posted at 10:21 AM, Mar 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-31 10:21:32-04

WEST MICHIGAN- It started raining late afternoon yesterday and it seems like it hasn’t stopped since.


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We’ve seen close to an inch in some locations already the past 18 hours, and that number will only rise by this afternoon.


The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has portions of our area highlighted for isolated severe weather threats today.  Most of the severe weather will stay to our south, however, there’s a small probability some locations will encounter severe weather.

RPM 1 (7)

Between 2 and 3 this afternoon, expect a line of storms to develop to our west.  Most areas remain dry at this time, as we’ll receive a break from our normal rainfall we’re receiving right now.

RPM 2 (6)

That line continues to enhance and move onshore later on in the afternoon.  This will be when to expect thunderstorms to spread throughout most of West Michigan.

RPM 3 (5)

T-storms move to the southeast relatively quickly, and are out of the area altogether after 7 PM.

Advanced Planning (3)

As I mentioned above, the severe threat is very low, but here’s what you can expect with most of the storms this afternoon.  Frequent lightning and heavy rainfall are a given.  Small hail is possible as well, and gusty winds upwards of 40 mph are also expected.


As the cold front moves through the area this evening, expect temperatures to drop quite a bit.  We’ll also look for the opportunity for some light snow this weekend, but the pattern shift will be dramatic, for sure.

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The next 3 days are certainly a mix of the two seasons.  Expect a slight rebound next week, but light snow will occur throughout the day Saturday.