Batten down the hatches – things are about to get blustery across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
The National Weather Service has issued high wind warnings on Saturday, March 5, for the lower two-thirds of the state in an area that sweeps from Lake Michigan to Lake Huron.
The NWS is advising that people in all the warning areas on both sides of the state should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches during the high winds.
If possible, the NWS advises that people should remain in the lower levels of their home during the windstorm and to avoid windows. Caution also should be used when driving during the wind event, according to the NWS.
On the west side of the state, the NWS in Grand Rapids is forecasting that area will see 25 to 35 mph southwest winds with occasional 60 mph gusts possible. This area includes Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Oceana, Newaygo, Mecosta, Isabella, Muskegon, Montcalm, Gratiot, Ottawa, Kent, Ionia, Clinton, Allegan, Barry, Eaton, Ingham, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun and Jackson counties .
The high wind warning in this area is in effect between midnight and 1 pm on Sunday. The NWS in Grand Rapids is forecasting that two sperate bursts of wind are expected across the area, with the first forecast to sweep through between 1 and 4 am, along with a line of showers and thunderstorms. The second burst is forecast to occur between 4 and 9 am and could be more widespread, per the NWS.
The warning timeline is slightly different for the eastern side of the state in Midland, Bay, Huron, Saginaw, Tuscola, Sanilac, Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair, Livingston, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Wayne, Lenawee, and Monroe counties. Under this advisory, southwest winds 25 to 35 mph are forecast with gusts near 60 mph from 3 am until 4 pm Sunday.
The NWS in Detroit is warning that the time of most concern is early to mid Sunday morning when a powerful cold front is forecast to sweep through the region. The front is expected to move through the Tri-Cities area around 7 am and then through the rest of southeast Michigan, including metro Detroit by 10 am, according to the NWS. Peak wind gusts from the west around 60 mph will then be likely into Sunday afternoon.
Gladwin and Arenac counties are in a separate high wind warning from 7 am to 4 pm Sunday. Winds in these counties are forecast to be 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 60 mph as well.
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