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Today is a First Alert Weather Day due to severe weather threat

Severe storms could bring gusty winds and hail to Mid-Michigan this afternoon and evening.
WILX Weather Webcast 5/20/2022 Midday Update
Published: May. 18, 2022 at 12:06 PM EDT|Updated: May. 20, 2022 at 11:45 AM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - The News 10 First Alert Weather Team is tracking a threat for severe thunderstorms and has declared today a First Alert Weather Day due to this threat.

As of Friday morning, the Storm Prediction Center has the Lansing and Jackson areas in a marginal risk to slight risk for severe weather. Right now, it appears that gusty winds and large hail will be the primary threats from any thunderstorms that do develop. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. The greatest threat of severe weather today will actually be to our north across central and northern Lower Michigan.

Today, warm and humid air will push into the area on a southwest wind. Even with no thunderstorms present, we will see wind gusts this afternoon near 40 mph. Most of today there will be a mix of clouds and sun. Temperatures today will top out in the mid to upper 80s. A cold front will then push into the area sometime late this afternoon or evening and this will bring the “lift” needed in the atmosphere to possibly spark off some showers and thunderstorms.

If the front can get severe thunderstorms going in the air the most likely time would be from around 3 p.m. to 12 a.m.

The cold front will be slow to leave our area and with it still slowly pressing east Saturday we will continue to see on-and-off rain showers and possibly a few thunderstorms Saturday into early Sunday. The Storm Prediction Center has the area in a Marginal Risk for severe weather again on Saturday.

Stay with the News 10 First Alert Weather Team for updates as this forecast can change moving forward.

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