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Windy & Colder Today, Plus Updated River Flooding Forecasts

Posted at 6:06 AM, Apr 19, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-19 06:06:38-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Widespread rain will continue to exit West Michigan Friday, but weather conditions in the wake of the rain will turn very windy and significantly colder.

Temperatures had already dropped into the upper 30s and low 40s as of early Friday morning.  Winds will continue to pick up behind the strong cold front as well, with gusts of 40+ miles per hour likely through Friday afternoon.

Some lighter, scattered rain showers are still likely at times during the day Friday.  As cold air continues to move in, it’s possible that some of those showers may mix with snow at times late Friday and Friday night.

The last of the wet weather should be done by Saturday morning, with dry conditions expected through the weekend.  However, Saturday will remain cold and breezy before temperatures bounce back into the 50s Sunday.

The full 7 Day Forecast is available on the Weather page.

RIVER FLOODING UPDATE:

As the more significant rain ends, West Michigan will start to see areas of standing water and flooding along smaller creeks and drainage ditches start to slowly recede.

However, all that rain must go somewhere, and that means that larger rivers will continue to rise.  Record flooding is still expected on the Grand River in particular.

For updated river forecasts and how local areas will be affected, the best resource through the weekend will be the National Weather Service hydrology page.

Here are the latest flood “hydrographs” (charts indicating forecast river levels) for some of the hardest-hit points along the Grand River:

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