As the remnants of Hurricane Sandy move closer to Mid-Michigan, we will experience strong winds as well as rain with the possibility of some snow mixed in.
Tonight, Sandy is expected to make land fall along the Delaware and New Jersey coast. We may see a rain and snow mix tonight and tomorrow morning as overnight lows fall near the freezing point. As temperatures start to warm up again tomorrow, we will see all of the precipitation in the form of rain.
A wind advisory has been issued for the entire area until 5 p.m. Tuesday. Northerly winds will be 20-30 mph, gusting as strong as 50 mph. Huron and Sanilac counties have a high wind warning in effect until noon Tuesday. Sustained winds will be 30-40 mph, with gusts up to 65 mph. The strongest winds will be closer to the shoreline.
Gale warnings are also in effect for the Saginaw Bay until 8 p.m. Tuesday. Winds may gust up to 50 knots, with maximum wave height around 11 feet. A storm warning is in effect for Lake Huron, and wave height more than 20 feet is possible.
The wet weather will continue for Halloween and the winds will remain on the strong side. It might be a good idea to have a poncho or rain jacket on hand to keep the Halloween costumes dry. Seasonable and drier air is expected to take over by the end of the week.
Meanwhile, DTE Energy Co. says high winds could cause power outages in Michigan and it's keeping an eye on the weather to respond to any power problems.
The Detroit-based utility says gusts of 50 mph on Monday evening and throughout the day Tuesday could affect some it its 2.1 million customers.
DTE says it has released 100 contract line workers to assist utilities along the eastern U.S. with storm response. Hurricane Sandy bore down on the Eastern Seaboard and strengthened, putting it on a collision course with two other weather systems that would create a superstorm.
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Copyright 2012 WNEM (Meredith Corporation.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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