Strong, potentially damaging, wind to sweep through Monday; Power outages possible

Posted at 11:45 AM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 12:05:53-04

WEST MICHIGAN — Michigan's wild stretch of weather won't be letting up any time soon.

Once Easter Sunday has wrapped up, a strong spring storm will continue to develop and race towards Lake Huron. This low will likely strengthen significantly, rivaling a very strong fall windstorm.

According to the National Weather Service, a storm of this magnitude, advertised by multiple weather models, has not happen in at least the last 30 years in April. With continuous consistency of a strong storm moving into the Great Lakes, power outage potential continues to increase each day.

Before the storm strengthens and moves north towards Michigan, Easter Sunday will be mild in the middle 50s with periodic rain showers and rumbles of thunder. It will not be very windy on Sunday.

This storm will also likely produce widespread severe weather in the deep south Easter Sunday. This could include violent tornadoes. This is only the 3rd time in five years that the Storm Prediction Center has only put a moderate risk of severe weather 3 days out. Severe weather is not expected in Michigan.

Monday will be a different story. The storm will actually strengthen as it moves across the state towards Lake Huron. It will likely dump up to a foot of snow just to our northwest in portions of Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula.

Once the system moves over Lake Huron, the wind will be the strongest here. Wind gusts could be between 50 to 60 mph, Some wind gusts near the thumb and over Lake Huron could approach hurricane force.

Regardless of how strong the storm gets and where it tracks, which could still change as we head towards Monday, it will be very cold on Monday and Tuesday. High temperatures will be nearly 20 degrees below normal.

We could also see enough cold air to produce light lake-effect snow with even some light accumulation. We will iron out amounts as we get closer, but with the timing of the year, it should not be anything major.

Stick with FOX17 as we continue to cover this rare spring storm.