Wind advisory issued and snow possible overnight as power outages linger in Ann Arbor area
Melanie Maxwell | AnnArbor.com
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 AnnArbor.com's weather page.