Drying and clearing out for Monday

Published: Sep. 19, 2022 at 5:23 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 19, 2022 at 3:16 PM EDT
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Meteorologist John Gross has your First Warn 5 Forecast.

SAGINAW, Mich. (WNEM) - We’re looking at a nice start to the week with some more sunshine!

There are more shower and thunderstorm chances this week, but the big story is large drop in temperatures, just in time for the first day of fall on Thursday. Cooler air should hold all the way into the weekend.

Here’s the latest forecast!

Today (Monday)

Behind the cold front bringing morning rain and t-storms, skies are expected to clear out quick allowing plenty of sun for the rest of this Monday.

Temperatures will be able to rebound as a result, many will reaching the upper 70s. Dew points will also decrease through today, we’ll see values back into the 50s by the afternoon. Today’s wind is expected to sustain from the northwest at 5-15 mph.

Monday will see highs in the upper 70s.
Monday will see highs in the upper 70s.(WNEM)

Evening & Tonight

Skies will stay mostly clear this evening and tonight allowing lows to dive well into the 50s. Temperatures could fall closer to 50 and even some upper 40s in our northern tier.

The wind will shift from the northwest to the southwest at 5-10 mph.

Monday night will be back in lower 50s.
Monday night will be back in lower 50s.(WNEM)

Tuesday & Wednesday

Showers and t-storm chances are small, but not zero around midday Tuesday. A small disturbance is expected to track just to our southwest, meaning rain chances will be better for Gratiot and Shiawassee Counties.

A Marginal Risk (1/5) is holding at the moment for Clare, Isabella, Midland, Gratiot, Saginaw and Shiawassee counties for the afternoon and evening. While the main threat here stay SW of the region, a t-storm with damaging winds and/or hail can’t be completely ruled out.

Areas north and east of the Tri-Cities still could experience an afternoon or evening shower or t-storm, but most of the day is expected to stay dry through the day. Those who stay dry should be able to see a little more sunshine too. Highs should reach right around 80 degrees.

A small disturbance Tuesday should mostly stay near Grand Rapids.
A small disturbance Tuesday should mostly stay near Grand Rapids.(WNEM)

A Marginal Risk (1/5) will then hold for Wednesday too from the Tri-Cities, Thumb and Flint. This timeframe will have a slightly better chance to have a few isolated to scattered strong storms develop along a passing cold front. Damaging winds and hail will still be the main threats.

For our farmers, the best days for field work and harvesting this week will be Monday & Friday. Depending on how much rain falls Wednesday, Thursday might be dry enough in some spots too.

The strong cold front Wednesday will also bring fall-like air just in time. Expect to see temperatures making a return to the 60s. See exactly where temperatures land in the full 7-Day Forecast!