High temperatures today reached around 40 degrees across Northeast Michigan with showers and light winds mainly out of the south. Expect afternoon temperatures about 10 degrees warmer tomorrow with more periods of rain. The last time temperatures reached 50 degrees in Alpena happened December 28, which is likely to happen tomorrow.
More rain on the way, warmer temperatures, and melting snow have led to a Flood Watch issued by the National Weather Service for all of Northern Lower Michigan until Friday evening. Localized ponding and rising levels on creeks, streams and rivers are possible tonight through Friday.
The low pressure system bringing us warmth ahead of it with winds out of the south — and rain this evening-tomorrow — is currently centered over western Kansas. It will move toward the northeast, on a beeline through Iowa and Lake Superior over the next 24 hours.
Temperatures will drop to the mid-30s briefly tonight, then rise to 40 degrees early tomorrow. High temperatures will reach the lower 50s with more showers, although a break of dry weather is possible midday. Widespread rainfall amounts of 0.25-0.5 inch are expected tomorrow, but localized higher amounts can’t be ruled out if a persistent downpour happens to park over your backyard (while not over your neighbor’s yard down the street).
Periods of showers are expected throughout tomorrow, then a few thunderstorms are possible in the late-afternoon and evening mainly well south of Alpena. Gusty winds peaking at 30-50 mph and localized downpours exacerbating flooding/ponding issues are the main concerns.
Tomorrow is the wettest and warmest day of the next seven. High temperatures will reach around 40 degrees on Friday with a chance of patchy wintry mix or flurries. Drier air moves in this weekend with colder temperatures, around the lower 30s for afternoon highs. For the rest of Northeast Michigan’s weather forecast, watch the latest weather video by clicking the weather tab at the top of the page.