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Posted on Fri, Apr 19, 2013 : 9 a.m.

Wind advisory issued and snow possible overnight as power outages linger in Ann Arbor area

By Cindy Heflin


Torrential rain was the problem Thursday in Ann Arbor, but Friday it will be winds gusting to 50 mph.

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After a stormy day Thursday, the Ann Arbor area Friday faces a day of high winds followed by a night of rain and snow.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory that’s in effect from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday for Washtenaw County. The weather service says wind gusts will reach 40 to 50 mph with sustained winds of 25 to 30 mph from the west-southwest.

The high winds Friday are coming on top of storms Thursday that at one point knocked out power to about 10,000 DTE Energy customers in Washtenaw County. About 3,000 remained without power Friday morning, DTE said. Areas with outages can be seen on the DTE Energy power outage map.

The winds Friday could cause more power outages and bring down large limbs or trees. Soft soils as a result of recent rains increase the likelihood for uprooted trees, forecasters said.

DTE crews Friday were continuing their repair efforts from Thursday, when at one point, 70,000 DTE customers were without power in southeast Michigan.

Spokesman Scott Simons said it’s not clear exactly when power will be restored, since the wind is likely to complicate repair efforts and cause more outages.

Along with the wind, showers are likely Friday, mainly after noon, though precipitation is not expected to amount to more than a tenth of an inch. Temperatures will fall throughout the morning to around 43 by about 11 a.m.

Friday night, a mix of rain and snow showers is possible before 1 a.m. With the low dropping to around 28 degrees, snow showers are possible throughout the night, but less than half an inch of accumulation is expected. Winds will gust to around 39 mph.

Saturday, it will be partly sunny with a high near 43. Winds will gust to 26 mph.

It will be cold again Saturday night, with the low dropping to 25. Winds will die down.

Sunny skies return Sunday, and it will be warmer with a high near 49.

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



Sat, Apr 20, 2013 : 2:59 a.m.

OMG. would someone please give me the number to mother nature.


Sat, Apr 20, 2013 : 12:03 a.m.

I wish global warming and/or cooling along with climate change and/or non-change had never befallen our poor planet. And so close to Earth Day! I wish all of us liberals could band together, sing Kumbaya, and put a stop to this! Let's get Obama in there for one more term!

mike gatti

Sat, Apr 20, 2013 : 11:17 a.m.

I don't know what this has to do with President Obama and the Constitution's two term limit. I am sure there is somehow a connection and I am equally sure I should see it and am even equally sure I am lacking in moral fiber, wit and intelligence by missing it. I really just don't see it.


Fri, Apr 19, 2013 : 11:45 p.m.

Quite a different April than last year! At least the cherry blossoms won't be out too soon, as they were last year, which caused a failure of the cherry crop. So there is a silver lining! Cool spring, better fruit crops!


Sat, Apr 20, 2013 : 2:57 a.m.

Thanks. I hadn't thought of that.

Macabre Sunset

Fri, Apr 19, 2013 : 10:02 p.m.

I hope we're done. We just got power back after 28 hours without.


Fri, Apr 19, 2013 : 9:01 p.m.

Yes, Spring will be here sooner or later. This folks, is a normal spring! How quickly we forget what a real spring is like.


Fri, Apr 19, 2013 : 9 p.m.

Snow in April! How dare mother nature do that to us!!!


Sat, Apr 20, 2013 : 1:49 a.m.

i think it snows at least once every April. I have come to expect it. Don't like it, but expect it.

Cindy Heflin

Fri, Apr 19, 2013 : 7:59 p.m.

Just wanted to post an update: I spoke with Dennis Wojcik, deputy water resources commissioner for Washtenaw County today, and he said that his office has had no reports of significant flooding, other than some standing water in backyards. Let's count ourselves lucky that we're not experiencing the major flooding problems they're having in west Michigan. You can follow updates on that on MLive:


Fri, Apr 19, 2013 : 3:24 p.m.

Just to think 6 more months and it'll be cold all over again, lovely.

mike gatti

Sat, Apr 20, 2013 : 11:14 a.m.

More like 8. It doesn't get cold anymore until around Christmas.


Fri, Apr 19, 2013 : 3:22 p.m.

David Wanner

Fri, Apr 19, 2013 : 2:57 p.m.

Is spring ever going to get here? Geez, I live up on Lake Huron and we have hardly been over 50 degrees. This sucks.