High winds could bring 20-foot waves on Lake Michigan, Lake Huron

Posted at 10:40 AM, Jan 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-07 10:45:51-05

(WXYZ) — The National Weather Service has issued a gale warning and urgent messages about high winds on both Lake Michigan and Lake Huron for Monday, which could bring 20-foot waves to the Great Lakes.

According to the NWS, gale force winds on Lake Michigan on Monday from southeast to south could be 35-40 knots into the early afternoon, and northwest gales 35-40 knots late Tuesday morning through Tuesday evening. That means waves could be 12-18 feet today subsiding to 6-10 feet on Monday night, before going to 8-12 feet on Tuesday.

For Lake Huron, sustained winds could reach 38 knots, and "the largest expected significant waves will be 16 feet with a potential maximum wave height of 23 feet," the NWS said.

To read more about the warnings and the high winds, click here.