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Posted on Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 8:14 a.m.

Flood watch issued for Ann Arbor area; severe thunderstorms possible

By Cindy Heflin

Several bouts of heavy rainfall, including what could be some severe thunderstorms, are heading for the Ann Arbor area, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flood watch in effect through Friday morning.

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Flooding is possible in the Ann Arbor area through Friday morning, the National Weather Service warns.

Showers and thunderstorms will bring 1 to 3 inches of the rain to the area over the next 24 hours, forecasters say. Some of those storms on Thursday could be severe, with damaging winds and heavy rain.

Recent rains already have saturated the ground, forecasters said, increasing the potential for flooding.

The high Thursday will be near 78. It will be breezy, with a south-southwest wind of 15 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. The chance of precipitation is 80 percent.

The chance for severe weather continues Thursday night, with a 100 percent chance of precipitation, the National Weather Service says. The low will be around 50 degrees.

Showers and thunderstorms are likely Friday. Temperatures will fall throughout the day to a low of about 43 by 5 p.m. It will continue to be windy with winds gusting up to 44 mph.

Friday night, it’ll feel more like winter than spring, with a chance for snow showers and the low dropping to about 32 degrees. Winds will continue to blow, gusting to 32 mph.

Conditions will improve for the weekend with partly sunny skies Saturday and a high of 45, then sunny skies Sunday and a high of 53.

For updated forecasts and conditions anytime, check's weather page.



Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 6:10 p.m.

My Sister in Chelsea, I work on Westside of Ann Arbor is reporting that there is an overturned semi on Westbound I 94 at the 150 Grass Lake Exit. The wind picked it up and flipped it! The highway is shut down


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 5:57 p.m.

Well it just started raining really hard in Dexter 5 minutes ago. Before that the sky was very black to the west. Thundering and lightning.

Tom Teague

Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 3:10 p.m. does a service by publishing the National Weather Service watches and warnings. With all due respect to the staff, I really don't want them second guessing the forecasts and trying to verify in advance whether we will be hit by severe weather.


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 2:08 p.m.

Just curious: Is the photo to show us what's coming? Are you certain, If you're not, why raise our stress levels and blood pressure unecessarily?

Cindy Heflin

Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 10:08 p.m.

The photo was just a representative one of flooding. It's a file photo taken on Fourth Avenue in ann Arbor during previous flooding.


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 2:17 p.m.

Were you living here last year when Dexter got hit by the tornado? Well we are under a watch at this point in time due to this system. Being aware saves lives, as last year taught us.


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 12:56 p.m.

Are you kidding me? You deleted my druid comment? How in the WORLD is that any kind of TOS violation?


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 1 p.m.

A single line was in all caps.... So try again...

Kyle Mattson

Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 12:59 p.m.

All caps, Billy.

Bertha Venation

Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 12:51 p.m.

ooooooo.. I'm melting.... melting....oooo you've ruined my beautiful wickedness..... oooooo what a world...... what a world......(goodbye).

Bertha Venation

Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 5:21 p.m.

By golly, you're right, Tom! My apologies. (In real life, I actually like the rain! :) )

Tom Teague

Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 3:12 p.m.

In retrospect, that problem with the water was the only flaw in her plans for world domination.


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 12:50 p.m.

It looks like some heavy weather coming in although it may slide north of us some.


Thu, Apr 18, 2013 : 5:58 p.m.

Nope! Did NOT slide north. It's here for a while it seems.