High winds, warm temperatures on tap for metro Detroit Sunday

Metro Detroiters are enjoying a sunny and unseasonably warm Sunday day, with the National Weather Service predicting high temperatures nearing 60 degrees in most areas. But high winds threaten to ruin the fun for some residents who are grappling with power outages.

The NWS warned that wind gusts could reach 50-60 miles per hour as a powerful cold front moves across the southern part of the state. An earlier High Wind Warning has been canceled.

Saginaw is already seeing wind gusts of 67 mph at 7:22 am, according to NWS. Closer to metro Detroit, Willow Run Airport, is seeing 54 mph wind gusts at 9:22 am, NWS said.

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At 9:30 am Sunday, DTE issued a severe weather alert, stating that crews are on standby and “are preparing to restore power to impacted customers.”

About 2,000 customers in the I-75 and Springwells area of ​​Detroit’s southwest side are currently without power, according to DTE’s outage map. DTE estimates restoration to be completed by 4 pm Sunday.

The Mackinac Bridge Authority said winds of 35-49 mph at the bridge are requiring high-profile vehicles to be escorted across.

“Slow to 20mph approaching bridge & prepare to stop. Bridge personnel stationed at both ends of bridge will provide instructions on how & when to proceed,” the authority tweeted.

Detroiters should prepare for a little weather whiplash heading into the week — NWS predicts a high of 39 degrees and rainy conditions for Monday.

Lauren Wethington is a breaking news reporter. You can email her at [email protected] or find her on Twitter at @laurenelizw1.

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