West Michigan to Enjoy Clear Skies and Mild Temperatures
May 17, 2023 – West Michigan residents can expect another beautiful sunrise today, as the Storm Team 8 forecast predicts generally clear skies and calm winds.
Temperatures are currently in the low to mid 40s across most locations, with slightly warmer conditions in the southern part of the region and a cooler morning in Big Rapids.
Yesterday, a cold front passed through the area, causing a significant temperature drop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
In just 20 minutes, temperatures decreased by 20 degrees as the front shifted winds to a northerly direction.
Despite the cold front, West Michigan experienced ample sunshine throughout the day, although the presence of smoke particles from wildfires in the west resulted in a hazy evening sky with an orange hue.
Temperatures reached the mid-70s before the front passed around midday, and they are expected to return to the mid to upper 70s by the middle of next week.
Today’s forecast indicates plenty of sunshine with a possibility of haze due to lingering smoke particles.
The winds will be mild, sustained at less than 10 miles per hour.
The dry weather will continue tomorrow, with rain chances increasing for Friday and ending early Saturday.
Any showers over the weekend are expected to occur mainly in the early part of Saturday, followed by drier conditions in the afternoon and evening.
Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday will see drier air moving in, and a few showers may be possible next week as warmer air returns.
Temperatures over the next five to six days will be at or below average, with daytime highs in the upper 60s.
Morning lows will range from the 40s to around 50 degrees.
High pressure will bring clear skies today and tonight, but a cold front approaching from the west will bring partly cloudy skies and showers, possibly accompanied by thunder, for Friday and Saturday.
The weekend will start off cooler, and the 8 to 14 day outlook suggests a gradual warming trend as we approach Memorial Weekend at the end of May.
For drivers, the morning commute is currently smooth with no significant delays reported across the area roadways.
Construction zones along the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-96 between Cascade Road and 28th Street may cause some delays today, so motorists should be prepared.
Overall, road conditions are clear and dry, making for a pleasant morning drive.
The Storm Team 8 will provide further updates in the next 15 minutes.
Stay tuned for the latest weather information.