Published: Tue, February 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Snow melt, rain forecast leads to flood watch

Snow melt, rain forecast leads to flood watch

Today's high will be near 44 degrees.

The system could bring one to five inches of rainfall to most of West Michigan.

Our weather scenario is playing out exactly as the Local4Casters projected, with batch after batch of rain crossing southeast MI.

The work week begin Monday with a mostly cloudy sky and a strong south wind.

The wind gusts are expected to along the order of 10 to 15 miles per hour.

It cools off on Thursday, with highs in the mid-30s, partly sunny skies, and a 30 percent chance of snow.

Moderate flooding is now expected on the Rock and Green Rivers through Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

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Flash Flood Watch in effect for the NW half of the area through Wednesday night.

Rain totals for most of us will range between 2 and 3 inches.

"Areas where ice jams remain in place from the mid January thaw will be the most susceptible to flooding".

A Flood Watch means conditions are favorable for heavy rain which may lead to flooding of low lying areas. Illini Park is expected to see flooding.

As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, the flow of the Tippecanoe River was 10,649 cubic feet per second. Flood stage is 14 feet. "Be careful if driving at night, as water on roads can be hard to see".

Flood watches have been issued for parts of Upstate New York as potentially record warm air could melt snow while up to 2 inches of rain falls. Water will affect much of Barstow Road between Barstow and Osborn.

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