Western 'bomb cyclone' brings severe weather threat to Mid-Michigan Thursday

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MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) (3/13/2019) - Southern Michigan has its first possibility of severe weather for the season Thursday.

The main threats are strong damaging winds and a brief weak tornado.

As yet another "bomb cyclone" races east across the Plains and upper Midwest, it will bring warmth, wind and moisture into Michigan, especially Thursday. Those are few of the ingredients we need for severe storms.

During the morning hours, expect some showers to move east with some sunshine popping out in the afternoon. A strong south wind gusting to 40 mph will also aid in warming high temperatures into the middle 60s. There will be some humidity as well.

Now, as a cold front approaches from the west it will be slamming into these conditions. Hence the risk for some storms to develop.

These thunderstorms are capable of very high wind gusts and if they get strong enough, a brief weak tornado.

It's very important to point out that, while severe weather is possible, the conditions will need to be very specific for this to actually materialize Thursday. Any lingering cloud cover or rain into the late morning or afternoon hours will greatly inhibit the storms from forming.

Additionally, the winds higher up in the atmosphere are simply too strong in some cases. These will tear the storms apart before they ever strengthen unless the storms form much later in the day, after that area of wind moves east.

Regardless, please keep an eye to the sky Thursday afternoon and evening and have a plan in place in case severe weather moves in.

Stay tuned to the ABC 12 First Alert Weather Team on air, online and on Facebook for the latest updates. You can also get instant updates from the ABC12 Weather app in the Apple and Android stores.