GRAND RAPIDS — The forecast from FOX 17 Chief Meteorologist Kevin Craig: Milder air arrives Thursday as a warm front approaches from the south. This front will ignite a round of showers for the mid and late afternoon hours. A cold front will follow late Thursday night/early Friday morning with another round of rain and a few thunderstorms possible. Some of these storms may be strong to possibly marginally severe with damaging wind gusts of more than 50 mph. Temperatures will drop sharply behind this cold front on Friday with very windy conditions on Friday.
TONIGHT: Showers in the evening south of Grand Rapids, otherwise some late night partial clearing is possible from Grand Rapids northward. Lows in the low/mid 30s. East/northeast wind at 5 to 10 mph.
TOMORROW: Becoming mostly cloudy. Rain develops by late afternoon. Afternoon highs in the low/mid 50s, but temperatures will continue to rise into the evening. East winds at 10 to 15 mph becoming southerly at 10 to 20 mph late.
TOMORROW NIGHT: Periods of rain, with a few embedded thunderstorms possible. Some may be strong to marginally severe. Windy too. Temperatures will rise into the upper 50s to near 60 by midnight and fall only slightly after that. South winds at 15 to 25 mph becoming westerly overnight. Winds could gust to 40 mph at times, with higher gusts possible in thunderstorms.
FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy with rain showers possible in the morning. A little afternoon sun is possible by the late afternoon. Gusty winds and falling temperatures through the day. Highs early on in the mid to upper 50s dropping into the lower to middle 30s by late in the day. Northwest winds at 20 to 30 mph with higher gusts.
SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and cool. Highs in the mid to upper 30s.
SUNDAY: Partly sunny and cool. Highs in the lower 40s.