An outside shot at severe weather

This is the Storm Prediction Center's (SPC's) outlook for severe storms Thursday.

After a quiet overnight and Wednesday, big changes lie ahead on Thursday for Mid-Michigan.

The potential exists for a few severe storms on Thursday.

At this point, the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) is keeping the slight risk area about 80 miles to our south (see image 1).

But with a very strong area of low pressure moving from southwest to northeast across Wisconsin dragging a warm front and cold front through Mid-Michigan, we could get a few strong to severe storms in some of our southern counties Thursday evening.

Obviously, the large snowpack will be a limiting factor for severe thunderstorms.

In fact, much of Thursday we'll have cloudy skies with fog and possibly freezing drizzle as the warm front struggles to push through the area.

So icy roads will also be a concern in the morning.

By evening, temperatures are expected to climb into the lower to middle 40s.

At this point, heavy rain and a few thunderstorms will become a concern along with localized flooding.

With the cold, "heavy", stable air at the surface, strong winds are not a major concern with any thunderstorms that do develop.

However, there is an outside chance that hail could reach severe levels.

Early Friday morning, a cold front will sweep across the area bringing a return to cold temperatures for the weekend.

Click on the video for your 7-day forecast!