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Posted on Fri, Mar 2, 2012 : 7:53 a.m.

High wind watch: Downed trees, power outages possible in Ann Arbor area

By Cindy Heflin

You might want to batten down the hatches. High winds could buffet the Ann Arbor area Friday night and early Saturday morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind watch for this evening through Saturday morning. Sustained winds of 35 to 40 mph are possible with gusts of 55 to 60 mph at times.

The strongest winds are expected to occur between 9 p.m. Friday night and 5 a.m. Saturday morning, the weather service said.

Winds that strong are capable of downing large limbs and trees and causing power outages, the weather service warned.

The winds will follow some rain and possibly a thunderstorm after 3 p.m. Friday. Rain will continue Friday night before midnight, then there's a chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. The low is expected to be around 32.

Saturday will bring a chance of snow showers and breezy conditions with winds gusting to 40 mph. A high of 39 is expected under mostly cloudy skies.

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



Sat, Mar 3, 2012 : 2:46 a.m.

Power is flickering right now. Let's hope it doesn't go off!


Sat, Mar 3, 2012 : 2:50 a.m.

Same here. Power went on/off twice in the last few minutes. We're close to Pioneer.


Sat, Mar 3, 2012 : 12:01 a.m.

They are still forecasting winds gust up to 50 mph tonight and maybe 45 mph tomorrow. This does play havoc with the electrical lines. Especially where trees fall on them. That happened here last Sunday - 3 hour outage. Contractors are cutting back trees 10' from lines. It is best not to give them a hard time. By the way, after I reported Sunday's outage I received three separate calls from DTE explaining what happened and asking if I was satisfied with the service we received. I told them I was but why so many calls? They said they were calling people who had reported being unhappy in the past! That was true.

dading dont delete me bro

Fri, Mar 2, 2012 : 8:57 p.m.

i'm still waiting for last week's snow. and tuesday night & wednesday's snow/ice/sleet. ;-]`


Fri, Mar 2, 2012 : 8:37 p.m.

I hope this is just weather hype, but I have very little confidence in DTE's ability to keep the power on, based on past unpleasant experiences.


Fri, Mar 2, 2012 : 7:30 p.m.

First the dire predictions of snowpocalypse, then the other night's phantom ice storm ... I look forward to light breezes and a quiet night.


Fri, Mar 2, 2012 : 5:51 p.m.

"Winds that high are capable of downing large limbs..." How high are those winds - maybe 40 feet off the ground? "Winds that strong..." would have done better, don't you think? Why is it that deadlines make journalists the only writers free to use whatever words pop into their heads? And THEN they get to censor what others write on the SAME pages????

Cindy Heflin

Fri, Mar 2, 2012 : 9:01 p.m.

Yes, strong is a better word in this case.


Fri, Mar 2, 2012 : 4:39 p.m.

Well...dont' worry folks. Because DTE tells us so.....we all know that power only goes out in Washtenaw County when there is no wind ... just squirrels chewing the power lines.

David Cahill

Fri, Mar 2, 2012 : 4:34 p.m.

Watch out for a derecho!


Fri, Mar 2, 2012 : 4:25 p.m.

I'm wondering how many power lines could have been put where they belong in a "tree city", safely underground...instead of funding "art"? I know, there I go again using common sense...


Fri, Mar 2, 2012 : 3:51 p.m.

Coming in like a Lion!!! looking forward to watching some lightning and listening to some boomers from inside the garage with the door open. A high in the 50's to boot, yeee hawwww!

Bertha Venation

Fri, Mar 2, 2012 : 7:13 p.m.

Ya baby! Right on... & I'm headin' to the liquor store for some uh... batteries... ya, that's it "Batteries."


Fri, Mar 2, 2012 : 3:28 p.m.

Here we go again with F.U.D - Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. [sigh]

Bertha Venation

Fri, Mar 2, 2012 : 1:56 p.m.

Auntie Em.... Auntie Em.... Uncle Henry!!!